“Love, I get so lost sometimes. Days pass and this emptiness fills my heart.
When I want to run away, I drive off in my car.
But whichever way I go
I come back to the place you are.
… In your eyes, I see the doorway to a thousand churches.
In your eyes, the resolution of all the fruitless searches
In your eyes, I see the light and the heat.” – Peter Gabriel, In Your Eyes
When I first listened to Gabriel’s song years ago, I was not sure what kind of love he was writing about. Just as a reader looks deep into a good book, I do the same with lyrics.
The song came on the radio today. I realized the song could be about a relationship that has lasted beyond the first flames of a relationship. It is one that has grown up a little; one in which you have to walk away from stress. But, you come back and realize how much you do love that person.
John, my husband, has shared me with writing. It tests his patience. Sometimes he does not understand why I need to jot or edit a scene at a certain time. This song reminds me how important writers’ significant others are in life.
Some days John needs to drive off and he returns. We laugh, smile and I put down the pen.
Dedicated to Writers’ boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives
Photos by Rebecca T. Dickinson