Oracle of Visions (Ciro Marchetti, 2011) certainly has romance going for it!
A woman in a purple, bustled dress faces left, a wax-sealed letter in one hand and a red rose in the other. Behind her, a flock of black swans (or geese?) fly.
The juxtaposition of the letter and rose with the woman's dark clothes and demeanour, and the birds flying off, makes me think of planning or announcing an elopement. Although there is love and passion involved, there is also sadness at leaving something behind. Of course, in this day and age not many people feel the need to elope, but the point is more about the things we do for love, and the price we may pay for them. Another interpretation might be that this is a Dear John (or Jane) letter, which once again would hint at the price of love, and the choices we make. Or, of course, it could just be telling us to expect or to send a message to someone.
Today, this card makes me think about competing loves: my Dear One and Big Boy. Of course, they are not always in competition. However, tomorrow my Dear One and I leave for a weekend away, without our son. It's only the second time we've done this since he was born, and I'm a little nervous, despite leaving him with loving people who know him well. We need a break, and I think it generally a good idea for parents to take some time to be a couple, not just parents. Still, I worry about how BB will feel, and whether, like a cat when their humans return from holiday, he will make his displeasure known upon our return...
I am grateful for some time to relax, unwind and be with the love of my life.