Virginia Barton

5 October 2015: One of Four


5 October 2015


To love at all is to be vulnerable.

Love anything

and your heart will be wrung

and possibly broken.

If you want to make sure

of keeping it intact

You must give it to no one,

Not even an animal.


Wrap it carefully round

with hobbies and little luxuries;

Avoid all entanglements.

Lock it up safe

In the casket or coffin

of your selfishness.


But in that casket,

Safe, dark, motionless, airless,

It will change.

It will not be broken;

It will become unbreakable,

Impenetrable, irredeemable.

To love is to be vulnerable.


The Four Loves

C S Lewis (1898-1963)




  • Coal-Filled Wellies says on: October 5, 2015 at 6:10 am



    • Ginny says on: October 7, 2015 at 3:43 am


      Ouch indeed, Wellies.

      What a lovely picture of CSL smiling gently amid the paraphernalia of pipe-smoking! Reminds me of my father and BH, both of whom enjoyed the ruminative pleasures of tobacco. Ginny

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