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floating in the euphoria of the incredible lightness of being that comes to those who love and are loved
Sapphic Kinks is dedicated to the greatest loves of my life, two beautiful, extraordinarily compassionate women whom I cherish more than anything in the world.
To my beloved twin sister M, the kindest, most generous, loving person. Your unwavering and intense love has enriched me beyond measure, empowering me to be always true to myself. Our shared memories, your exuberant, infectious laugh, your presence, the very thought of you, bring immense joy to my heart. Oh, and how fierce you are sorellina! I can still recall the anxious, breathless thrill from all those times you played ‘daredevil’, and the ease that came when you stood up against the bullies. Your intellect, passion, and eclectic sensibility and artistry too are awe-inspiring, eliciting the childlike feelings of wonder and enthusiasm in doing what I love.
To my darling V, my Love whose eyes twinkle a touch of mischief and a whole lot of tenderness that soothe my soul and make my heart all aflutter. Never in this self-avowed loner’s wildest dreams would I have imagined finding my soul mate. Your charming eccentricity, uncanny intuition, and stories of mystical experiences drew me to you; and, it is your compassion, wisdom, strength, courage, optimism, playfulness, and utterly adorable discomfort at my sweet nothings that I fell in love with and do. All over again. Every. Single. Day.
There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.
The new design iteration of SK is dedicated to three fiercely creative women for whom my admiration abounds and from whom inspiration springs.
To the sublime TMT, poet extraordinaire. Rarely am I smitten and have felt that peculiar and lovely frisson upon meeting a person. Your warmth, your aura of loveliness and sensuality, was absolutely intoxicating. It’s not surprising then that your sweet compliment, ‘You really do have a lovely lyrical eye with a flair for the erotic!’ has left an indelible mark that has brightened my scholarly journey to craft elegant code and design.
To the incredibly humble, brilliant sparrow. You are a force of nature having overcome so much to which most would easily succumb. You no doubt will reject my high esteem of you, oblivious as you are of your profound effect on me. Grateful I am beyond words for your friendship and for all the joyful tears and belly laughs from your masterly, spirited, hilarious turns of phrase. ‘Though [you] be but little, [you are] fierce!’ (Shakespeare).
To the inimitable, delightfully witty, curiously deep, insightful, uncompromisingly honest Loki Renard. Your amaranth generosity and kindness warm my heart, dear friend. Your impressive body of work, work ethic, sacrifice, and commitment to your craft inspire me. Your rejection too of one of my works a few years back was the impetus for me to break free from the shackles of self-doubt and ignore all the noise and just do the work. This freedom allowed my imagination to soar, my soul to sing, and my heart to dance! I learnt by your example that creativity, after all, is ‘inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun’ (Mary Lou Cook).
With heartfelt gratitude and immense respect, Sapphic Kinks is dedicated to you badass women who make me hungry for life, who touch my heart, and nourish my soul, and whose humour I deeply cherish because in the midst of laughter I realise how very much I enjoy you and relish these blissful moments!