The Fourth Form of Love

“The fourth form of love is touch: holding a newborn baby, or cradling an old woman in death.

“And yet, the awful reverse of this may come true…that we must cradle a newborn in death.  Thus, this fourth form is the form of love through which we can begin, perhaps, to take the pain that is unfathomable, through which we can come to accept the deepest form of all suffering.

“The highest reach of touch is erotic surrender.  It is the tenderest, most flowing, most embodied form of love.  It can exist in the flesh, or in the imagination.  Through dreams, and visions, it can become a form of contact, even communication, across great distances in time and space.

“Touch can also encompass other forms.  Touch can be prayer, heartbreak, or play.

“Its inverse is fear, and lust.  When knit together, hallucination, and terror.”

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