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Strawberry Letter 23 is a dreamy stroll down memory lane and tribute to a special lover. English was her third language. Love was her first.

Where does the angel of love go? How do we make it last? I explore these questions on The Dionysian Experience. If you have similar questions, you may enjoy these posts:

  • The Seven Loves: An Introduction
  • The Seven Loves: Romantic Love

For other Paris-inspired posts:

  • Paris: Ten Years Gone (coming soon)
  • Paris: A Hot Winter (coming soon)

Credits:

  • Love Letters from Paris
  • Strawberry Letter 23 written by Quincy Jones and recorded by The Brothers Johnson
  • Digital art by MichaelVideo compilation and love by Michael.

44 thoughts on “Paris: Strawberry Letter 23 (Video)

  1. Tosha Michelle

    I’m such a nerd. I’m more enamored with the gorgeous handwriting than the strawberries and the beautiful woman. It’s a really lovely video.

    1. Thank you for the thoughtful comment 🙂 Her letters are the focus of this post and how I wanted to share our story. Everything else (except for the very last photo) is about creating the emotional vibe I feel for the memory. 🙂

      1. Tosha Michelle

        I feel for her handwriting. I’m teasing. Nostalgia is so exquisitely painful. The yearning is palpable. Love at times is much more poignant looking back. We tend to romanticize what was, leaving out the painful bits. Perhaps, if it’s meant to be, whatever that means, you’ll reconnect with her again one day. Until then you have these beautiful letters and memories to cherish. That my friend is better than nothingness.

        1. You ever heard these lines from the Bob Seger song Travelin’ Man, “Sometimes late at night, I see their faces. I feel the traces they left on my soul. Those are the memories that make me a wealthy soul.” Not so sure I agree with his conclusion. You are right about the painful bits. Everyone of my stories has an ending which I haven’t shared…saving them for a rainy day. Paris was another lifetime it seems. We touched and went our separate ways. Hope you have a wonderful night…really enjoyed your comments 🙂

  2. Tosha Michelle

    Thank you, Michael. I really enjoy everything you write. It’s always a pleasure to interact with you. I appreciate you sharing a bit of your journey with us

  3. What a beautiful tribute.

    1. Thank you Aurora, this is one I have wanted to make for a long time. I kept waiting for the right patterns to connect in my thoughts and I’m really happy with this. Thanks for giving it a view 🙂 I’m catching up tonight and look forward to seeing what I’ve missed on your sexy blog! 🙂

      1. Oh, I so get that- waiting for the right patterns to connect. Sometimes I have a thought of something but when I try to write it, I can’t get it. I just have to wait for something to strike and then, boom. Usually I’m driving or something, lol.
        Can’t wait for your visit. 🙂

        1. Ah yes, kindred creative spirits! 🙂 I kept hearing this song and it made me think about those letters. A little cropping and panning of the letters and few video segments…only missing some cream for those strawberries 😉

  4. Love letters like that are so bitter sweet.
    But Michael, I’m sure you could supply the cream. 😉

    1. You just gave me a video idea… 😉

      1. ooh! I like that! 🙂

  5. As Tosha said the yearning is palpable. I’ll also confess to studying her penmanship. 😉 this is a very touching tribute to your love Michael. It seems you were quite in love with each other. I do hope for your sake the universe has plans to bring you back into each other’s lives.

    1. Hi Amy, I’ve been anticipating your visit 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it and found it touching. It was a genuine attempt to capture the magic of romantic love we shared. I have wanted to do something like this…needing to work through our time again and create something special in my eyes. It sort of gives me some needed closure and place to let our memories rest and visit on occasion. She expressed so many of the things in those letters (and in person) that a man dreams of hearing from his “soul mate”. As I savor the memories and work though it all, it seems there were soul mates before and after Paris. It always felt real…

      1. I imagine it felt real because it was. Maybe it’s not soulmates but rather mates who are meant to fulfill a purpose for a specific amount of time aka karmic chapters in your life?

        But maybe they are soulmates. I’m still unraveling all my random thoughts on that subject. Looking for the best answers.

        You call your relationship with her romantic love. Does that mean then that it was never ideal or complete love? And if so do you know it never would have been? From the blips I could read it sounds like you were separated not necessarily by choice. So perhaps it could have, or still may be?

        1. Too bad love isn’t so easily understood and experienced. Gives credence to the idea of”Wish I knew then what I know now”. I may need to do some exploring around the karmic chapters…sounds promising. Regarding romantic love, the journey into and out of love…how to break the recurring cycle of divine bliss, so-called “soulmates”, and then frustration is an answer I am working towards. I suspect the layers of this answer are unique to each of us but there are probably shared themes around sustaining passion and intimacy that lead to commitment and complete love. We never made it complete love. The distance and obstacles between us were too great and, as you mention, we never got to make a run at it. Perhaps it would have been but it will never be. Our karmic chapter is closed and I am okay with that. Though I loved here deeply and intensely, life hasn’t exactly been a barren dessert since then. 😉

  6. Much of what Tiffany says is resonating and seems to ft almost in between the lines of what I guess I think of as soul mates. I no longer really believe in one soulmate. I do believe people and relationships serve their time in our lives for a reason and I subscribe to the karmic chapters theory. It does make sense that a twin flame is that one true other half every romantic is looking for.

    As to finding the ideal or consummate love I think it’s having all the necessary building blocks to a strong foundation. It all starts with a spark or chemistry for attraction and fiery passion. If that’s not there you should never get off ground floor. Then you need to recognize if the other person has a compatibility with you, shares common interests, goals, and personality traits, and if you’re both in a healthy mental and emotional status. Once that fiery passion starts to die down you must have companionship. Friendship. True love and concern for the person. They should be the one person in the world you think of when you have something to share, story, adventure, whatever, you want that person by your side. This takes work to maintain the bond and intimate ties but it shouldn’t take more than dedication. It shouldn’t be a struggle.

    On a serious note: do you mean to say you haven’t remained abstinent since she left your life?!? If only you could see the look of utter shock on my face right now. 😉 thank you for indulging my long winded comments Michael. I enjoy our convos.

    1. You make a lot of really great points in here. The way we think about “Soulmate” is often this divine, one person in the world that completes us…unrealistic and not sustainable. I am drilling down a little bit on your thoughts around where the passion fades…this IS the danger zone. Divine bliss fades and we feel that the other has pulled back or doesn’t fulfill us the way they used to. Some then begin to feel angry and pull back or look around for that divine feeling from someone else. If we have this great feeling of friendship with a lover and we have felt the heights of passion and intimacy with this person…spiritual maturity and understanding can guide us through passion’s decline from heavenly bliss. I am focusing a lot of my thoughts on how to recognize the decline of romantic love and how we can create moments where passion still peaks in waves. Even if we can’t sustain the initial high, we still need passion and intimacy (with emotional commitment) to attain complete love. I have a few thoughts around this that I will be rolling out soon and, as always, would love to get your opinion. As for your utter shock…LOL! I’m a good boy! 😀

      1. I look forward to your future post on this subject. One more thought on this string for now though
        re: looking to fill that bottomless well of need for divine bliss. We all have it. Every pretty face, every pretty piece of ass, can fill that well temporarily and when we tire of it we simply move to the next or begin looking elsewhere to fill it. Like you stated. I sometimes feel, as you’ve likely eluded to, that there are just so many beautiful women in this world for you and so little time. By that I mean, you seem to have spent a lot of time trying to fill that bottomless well of divine bliss with lust and passion from a variety of sources but maybe the key is looking for more substance. I don’t mean this specifically about you. I see it in myself as well. I can keep coming back to the same source of a sexual release like a high from a drug I’ll never get enough of but it also will never be enough to sustain me. I can enjoy a little flash of passion and lust with every pretty cock thrown my way but in the end I bore of it and need my mind engaged. I need more. The ethereal glow from climax only lasts so long. What’s left to hold my attention? My interest? For me, I know I need to find someone who can engage my mind on a regular basis – that’s the key to holding my attention and interest and I’ll never stray from that. I mean there has to be genuine attraction and sexual chemistry to begin with as well, but with the foundation of substance there may be no end to the possibilities of sexual fantasies and exploration as well as exploration on matters of the mind and heart, then wash, rinse, repeat. 🙂

        Sorry for the long string of comments. I guess my brain is firing on all cylinders around this subject right now.

        1. Sorry, to take so long to reply to this…been a crazy week. Thinking about insights I’ve learned from your writing and some of themes I’ve been exploring, I think we are coming to a similar conclusion on the bridge to complete love. For me, I know I have been in a volatile quest for romantic love. I recognized the pattern before I became aware of a higher more enduring love. Then, armed with this knowledge of romantic love and the predictable cycle, it became about finding the bridge to complete love. I agree with your thoughts leading up to the “wash, rinse, repeat theory”. This mental connection (sexual fantasies and non-sexual engagement) is an infinite source of renewal for passion and intimacy. Each part of the love triad feeds the other in a virtuous sustainable cycle. The other person has to be fully aware and appreciate these concepts as well. You are definitely on a roll, pretty lady! 🙂

  7. Good, I made sense it seems! An unrelated question: do you use Fetlife or anything similar? If so, what’s your thought on safety etc? I was referred to Fetlife to learn/research some as a newbie. Just have some concerns on safety & wondering about someone else’s opinion on it. If you’d rather not answer that’s cool.

    1. I haven’t checked that site out. I’ve dabbled in some other adult sites over the years but not this one. Safety is a wise concern. And, as a single woman, you will likely be overwhelmed with contacts from men. If you are able to make changes to your profile, it might be a good idea to list your profile as a couple looking for a woman to reduce the single-guy fodder while you explore and get comfortable with the site. Then, you can change it to what you really want once you have a feel for how it all works. I’ll send you an email tomorrow and we can talk offline on it if you have more questions. 🙂

      1. I never thought about starting the profile that way. That’s a good thought. Thanks!

  8. Michael, This is a heartfelt and touching tribute to a beautiful woman who obviously meant a lot to you. It sounds like she was a soul mate and I view this differently than others; soul mates are not necessarily lovers, though they can be. Soul mates come into our lives to remind us of our Divinity. There can be more than one. Twin flames are what I believe most are describing when mentioning soul mates, like the highlander, “there can be only one,” as the flame is a splitting of our energy…
    It can be fun to wonder what could have unfolded differently, sometimes we berate ourselves when the relationship ends (ahem, or so I do). Whereas maybe what you had was all that was meant to be. Here you pay tribute to the parts that were special for you, honoring her and perhaps highlighting what you would like in a relationship.
    Beautifully done, Michael! May you find what you seek. Tiffany

    1. Thank you for the wonderful and thoughtful comment, Tiffany☺️I hadn’t really thought about it but I think you are right about what I chose to highlight and how I presented it. Sensuality is foundational for me and everything else builds from there. This is primarily a sensual video as I reflect on it. As for twin flames or soul mates…however we come to believe that there is only person in the world…it all comes back to seeking divine love from mortal souls leading into the and the loop of despair and disillusionment. I believe we can continue to celebrate Anima/Animus but only they are divine perfection and our soul mate. They come from our soul and are infinite perfection. I believe I need to reframe what is real and sustainable and what is an illusion. Hope that makes sense…just working through some thoughts you inspired 😊😘

      1. From what I can see the biggest challenge in any relationship is that at some point, the other person is going to mirror for us where we are wounded, where we do not love or accept ourselves. Being able to see the other person as a mirror, thus a lesson, is a challenge, because we then want to blame the mirror for our problems…or leave the mirror because of what they show us.
        It can be easy to fall in love, the challenge is being brave enough to stay there. This is not a shot at you, Michael, this is true for everyone. Do we leave, do we stay? If we stay, do we remain present and open or do we escape and shut down.
        The more we clear our own shit vessels, the more clearly we can see ourselves and accept others.
        So many of us, myself included, desire our mates and yet we overlook the spiritual implications of the work that meeting this person brings…
        There is a post about the spiritual foundry on my blog that is based on this understanding… A book you might enjoy, in your spare time, is The Magdalen Manuscript by Tom Kenyon and Judi Sion. The beginning is about Magdalen and the rest of the book shows their relationship. It’s not easy to be spiritually open and honest with a partner…
        Much love to you, Michael as you work through your process. We all have work to do, which is why we are all here. ❤️😘

        1. Thank you Tiffany, I know you do a lot of writing around this topic and admire your knowledge around this. Knowledge and spiritual awareness and maturity on both sides are so important to this journey of lasting love. The transition from romantic love to either complete love or disillusionment is a path we all must walk.

  9. This post and the comment exchanges helped me work through my own desires and seeming contradictions. Helping me to see the questions I need to ask; my last post today. So much of what I want also scares me… It’s not an easy puzzle. If it were, we’d have all solved it by now.
    ❤️ Tiffany

  10. Such a beautiful tribute, Michael. Really beautiful 💕💜💕

    1. Thank you Kitten, beautiful is a wonderful description of what I aspired to with this. 🙂

  11. So romantic and sexy. Love letters these days are so rare!

    1. It is a lost art for sure and one that I truly miss. Something about the penmanship and flow of a lover’s hand makes it feel more intimate than an email.

      1. I used to write alot of letters to my exes before we got cellphones (ah the early 2000s) Nothing as romantic as those written in your post.
        I don’t think couples now a days appreciate how romantic letters are.

        1. I’m sure your letters were beautiful and are still being cherished 🙂

  12. Oh that would be so sweet, but I don’t think so. But I still have mine he sent lol

  13. It is amazing

    1. Thank you 🙂 Appreciate you stopping by and checking out some of the stories and videos.

      1. Greetings to you and Have a nice weekend

  14. wow this is so intimate . I can tell by the exchange of beautiful words you both were deeply in love, A love like that isn’t the kind that fades. I saw she wrote several times how safe she feels with you…….For a woman that means everything. It’s a challenge to find a man you feel secure with. You both were in love and probably still are 🙂 Gorgeous tribute ❤

    1. Thanks for such a thoughtful comment, sweet Carisa :-* I like that you referenced a few of her comments that extra meaning. We were in love but there were too many bridges for us to cross to be together. Our time has passed but it was fun to visit her again with this video in my afterglow 🙂

  15. How sexy was your relationship!? From the little glimpse that I saw in her letters it seemed like you two were so passionate and crazy about each other which is sooooo hot! You must be so romantic for her to be so passionate in her words through those letters! Just hot! 😉

    1. Thanks for visiting Alexa, your visit and amazing comment put a real spring in my step today! 🙂 I see myself as a sensual man and savor “romantic love”. It is always special to find someone that connects with that vibe. Then, toss in a nice dose of naughty on the edges! 😉

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