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Friday, April 1, 2016

Amore #atozchallenge

“I am in love and there is nothing in all the world which produces as much suffering as love. Hate or even indifference do not inflict as much damage to the heart as love. For to love is to expose one’s soul to penetration by the fiery arrows of betrayal, of deceit, of disappointment. To love is to make oneself vulnerable. Love can weaken and diminish a man as readily as it can strengthen him. The stampeding herd of my emotions which has left me crumpled and useless on the ground is of infinite number, and cannot end its rampage until I close my heart. I refuse to concede.”  
- from the prologue to Lovesick


One of my fondest memories of the wonderful Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis partnership is them singing That’s Amore. When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine…that’s amore. Amore is the Italian word for love, but what is love? Surely it is more than the feeling you have when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie. Love has been the subject of more songs, poems and stories than any other, and is impossible to define simply. There are different kinds of love, and they usually operate together to varying degrees; sometimes seemingly inextricable from one another. Love is powerful.

What Martin was singing about was the rush of warm fuzziness which characterises being in love. This intensely nice feeling overwhelms those who are in love, and colours their world in happy, hopeful shades. In Lovesick, Angus is afflicted with lovesickness, an obsession which drives him to extreme misbehaviour.

Have you ever been in love? What was the major symptom of your lovesickness?

8 comments:

  1. Love makes the world go around. Can't exist without it.! But true heartache makes the chest ache (physically). I've felt it!

    Pioneer Women in Aviation A-Z

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    2. G'day Sharon. Yes, emotional pain can manifest as actual physical pain. Here we go again eh? A-Z blogging. All the best.

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  2. oh yea, lovesickness can make one really miserable!

    Shubhangi @ The Little Princess

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    1. or the complete opposite: totally elated and bulletproof. Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment.

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  3. Lovely post. Oh the troubles of lovesickness! ;)

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  4. I can remember young love and being willing to overlook things that should not be overlooked because I was so smitten.

    I got a little bit smarter as I got older, but not much.

    Transformed Nonconformist

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    1. Funny how we only wise up by small increments. I'll be a work in progress until the day I die. Thanks for visiting Brett, and for taking the time to comment.

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