Sadje, in her prompt this week has me looking at the image and wondering do I focus on the verse, so well known by everyone, taken from the Bible; or do I focus on the image itself – loving words … words about love, singed, partially burned and with two words in red ink, one of which also has spelling mistakes.
Is this a story of love – a declaration of love. An ideal – something to aspire to – what love should be like and how we ought to treat each other.
Or is it looking at reality; where love, in life, falls short. Where the reality can be betrayal and lies. The actions of imperfect love causing hurt and pain, this love can be destructive.
Its the contrast of the perfect, idealised thought of what love should be with actuality. We we are humans, all with our own idiosyncracities and foibles, carrying baggage and insecurities, so a love that can and should be pure and innocent becomes harmful and destructive.
What I see from the image is a woman typing out the verse; she’s been betrayed and lied to, she is hurting – the words in red (easily [angry] and truth) tell me that. The fact that she struggles to type “truth” getting it wrong not once, but twice, and changes from black to red ink as she corrects her spelling, shows us just how raw her emotions are, how hurt, betrayed and angry she is.
However, even imperfect love is still love and maybe our tragic heroine isn’t ready to give up on her love yet, even if they have lied to her, as she’s put the flames out before the words were turned to ash – she’s not consumed by her anger – this time.
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