Lock and Key

14 Feb

I won’t say things like: “You complete me” and “We are perfect.”
You don’t complete me. I was complete without you, having a capable mind and a heart that loved, lost, and survived before you. I will say that I missed you before we ever met, that I longed for someone like you. There was an idea unrealized, a longing unfulfilled. But it didn’t define me — that void.

To say that we are perfect together suggests that we don’t work at it, that all of our pieces just magically fit. Never mind the scissors we use to fashion the stubborn ones, carving the dips and juts so that we may harmonize, sometimes stomping our newly formed puzzle into place. We are not easy.
Neither are we hard.

Love is in the way we move together. I falter, you lead; you fumble, I retrieve.
I never worry that you will turn away from any part of me; I know all of your secrets and I am still here. I don’t want to hide any truths from you or create a false image. There would be no point: you have seen me stripped bare, near-broken, and you have swaddled me in your wisdom and set me free to fly again.
I always fly to you.

26 Responses to “Lock and Key”

  1. Elizabeth Frster February 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    You are a walking unwritten book we are all waiting to read. There is far too much crude and ugly pornigraphy around and not enough lyrical erotica, so don’t dissapoint a large potential readership.

    Whatever you do, keep up your high standards


    • Barely Pink February 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

      I am astounded that you, Queen of Erotica, think that I have something to offer the literary world. Thank you, Liz. It means so much and I will strive to keep up the high standards — although I do like to take momentary dips in the tawdry. 🙂

  2. Michael February 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    That is so wonderful, Pink, full of wisdom, near philosophical and definitely magical. Open, honest and brave, just like you. It also describes what Season and I have but in words so much better than I could ever muster. Yes it is work, we must carve and mold, snip and form, to achieve success and strive for the perfection that will always be beyond our grasp. Perfection is the ideal, our relationship is the reality.

    Your words are also for anyone who is alone on Valentine’s Day as was the case with me for so long. I was alone but survived. I had a need, a want, but also a complete mind and heart. I had a void to fill, but that void didn’t define me. I functioned, I lived, I thrived. Season adds to me, gives me love that I have never felt before, She has healed me because I was broken, she put all the pieces back together, but the pieces were already there. And I will stop now as I am getting sappy. Sorry about that.

    Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

    • Barely Pink February 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

      “…she put all the pieces back together, but the pieces were already there.

      Exactly, Michael. You have found this magical someone that makes all of your pieces work. There’s nothing sappy about that.

      And happy Valentine’s Day to you, too!

  3. Poppy February 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    I love this.
    There is so much drivel written about love that it debases how wonderful love really is and really can be. I understand what you write here. I was complete before I met the man I love. I would have lived without him but he has altered my life and me in ways that I could not have dreamt of.
    A lovely and meaningful post.
    I hope you have a wonderful and loving Valentine’s Day and every day after.

    • Barely Pink February 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

      It is hard to write about love without going the clichéd route. It’s rather tempting, isn’t it, to gloss over the imperfections and arrive at seamless bliss?

      Thank you so much for appreciating this post. I knew you would. I knew you’d understand.

      My wish is for you to have a wonderful Valentine’s Day, marked with the celebration of love and warmth you daily experience with Dev.

  4. D February 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    I don’t ‘need’ you as much as I ‘want’ you. Today is a reminder that it isn’t about you or me as individuals, but a celebration of ‘us’.

    Synergetically yours,


    • Barely Pink February 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

      We remind each other daily of our commitment to each other through our actions. Today, for me, is a time to express the things I sometimes forget to say. So expect a lot of romantic drivel. I know you’re man enough for it. 🙂

  5. Zelle February 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    You never cease to astound me with your infinite wisdom. My Valentine gift to myself today.. is the blessings I have from finding your blog … which takes me away to a place I find warm, inviting, full of comfort and togetherness.

    I believe in equality in a relationship, as in.. when one chooses to lead, the other supports… Although I love and enjoy a hierarchy .. there are times the tables turn.. and I am thankful I have the strength and courage to be there for my partner.

    Thank you Pink.. for being you. ♥ May you have a day filled with joy and laughter!

    • Barely Pink February 14, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

      I wish the same to you, Zelle.

      I particularly love and celebrate this sentiment, “there are times the tables turn.. and I am thankful I have the strength and courage to be there for my partner.” Right on.

      You are one strong and amazing woman.

  6. Erica February 14, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Oh, Pink. Soooo lovely. I have nothing to add, but happy, HAPPY Valentine’s Day. Wishing you all the love you can hold.

    • Barely Pink February 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

      Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too, Erica! I appreciate your presence here so much. May this day serve as a romantic recognition of all that you have with J. Big hugs.

  7. Emanuele Lombardi February 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    A lovely sentiment for Valentines day acknowledging the bumps along the way as well as the sweeter ins and outs.

    Happy Valentines Day



    • Barely Pink February 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

      Thank you, Emanuele. And may your Valentine’s be imbued with a rosy hued glow.



  8. dd February 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Pink, this is truly lovely.

    Happy Valentine’s Day

    • Barely Pink February 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

      Thank you, dd. Any plans with the BBH?

      Have a great one!

  9. dd February 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

    We inadvertently celebrated early, as managed to finally get away for a weekend by ourselves. Debit list put on hold, so lots of GG spankings, but, travelling back yesterday took twice as long as it should have, so me squirming and sqiggling and BBH laughing and looking inordinately pleased with himself!

    Tonight was spent with JIM (junior imps in the making), who believe Valentine’s Day is serious party time, and full of good food, laughter and hugs!

    Hope you had a fabulous time 😉

    • Barely Pink February 15, 2011 at 11:14 am #

      Ooh, squirming in the car on the way home is always fun. As is hanging with JIM. Sounds like a good time all around! 🙂

  10. MarQe February 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Happy Valentine’s Pink MQ xx

    • Barely Pink February 15, 2011 at 11:14 am #

      And to you, MarQe! Was your study lined with naughty women waiting to feel your cane?

  11. steve February 14, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    happy valentines day. Waiting on the book hollywood generally messes up the intent. So get working. You obviously have the talent.

    • Barely Pink February 15, 2011 at 11:16 am #

      Thanks, Steve! It remains to be seen whether I will actually write a kinklicious book — my attention span may be too short to stay on task. But I know of some good motivation…

  12. Dioneo February 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    Now THAT was profound, Pink! You prove to the world that there’s no difference between a poet and a philosopher. Personally, I do believe that a person finds completion in a complementary other, but as you say, even perfect matches take work–and forever work.

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    • Barely Pink February 15, 2011 at 11:18 am #

      I do think people can be perfect together, but not in the traditional definition of the word. Imperfections can complement one another, with work. And I believe there will be times when even the most “perfect” couple is out of sync, naturally.

      I like that line, “no difference between a poet and a philosopher”. I’m flattered that you consider me to be either of those things. Thank you so much!

      Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day!

  13. Arianna February 15, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    This is perfect and so true.

    • Barely Pink February 15, 2011 at 11:19 am #

      Thanks, Arianna! I think you and I share much the same philosophy in TTWD. 🙂

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