Tuesday, January 22, 2013
To love a Narcissus
Though I could easily have called this post, "to love a narcissist" and would have retained all the same meaning.
But, I'm building up to a metaphor here & so the distinction was important.
To love a Narcissus is to sometimes find yourself exasperated and wonder how anyone could be so self consumed.
But to love them anyway.
To love a Narcissus is to be Luisa Contini and dare someone to keep taking and taking. And while Luisa is not part of Ovid's myth,
there's a parallel.
Luisa says, take it all and recognizes that Guido can't see he's taken so much that someday there will be nothing left of her.
To love a Narcissus is to worry that your beautiful one will never notice that there's nothing left of you,
that, like Echo, you've disappeared.