The Look and Thunderbolt

by Dieu

The Look

“You looked at me once, with burning eyes.
Drove into my soul the nail of the universe.” ~ Necip Fazil Kisakurek

Thunderbolt (coup de foudre)

“I am in love, I am in love : I have drunk a good dizzying gulp. I with an analytical mind and a shortsighted soul now feel completely solemn…And I walk along the streets. The Luxembourg Gardens are flooded with a great gaiety of bells. If she doesn’t love me, if she can’t be wholly mine, what difference will it make? I am in love, that’s enough; I feel generous, holy, human, trembling, so filled with things that I dare not look myself in the eye…No joking, I really mean all that I say.”

~ Jules Laforgue (translated by William Jay Smith)