"sanctuary" is a poem I imagine Vincent writing shortly after Catherine's death. sanctuary what is there left to say i have no words to tell the tale if only i had wings to fly away or even ship and sea that i could raise my sail but i've no wings, no ship, no sea... only this chain so i find sanctuary deep within a haven safe from hurt and pain but all alone, again. * * * * * * * * * "stars" is set at about the same time and I have also written it as though from Vincent's heart. stars stars... so infinate and far the essence of what dreams are dreams... shine just beyond my reach too far for me to grasp hopes... too wonderful to be too much for me to ask lights whispering to me stop wishing for the past stars... that sparkle in their beauty reminding me of life, of hopeless dreams, of duty. * * * * * * * * * "pearls" is written by Vincent about Catherine, though it is some time after her death. At this point he is past the rage and despair, but not the loss... pearls i look over each glistening orb of time... the pearls of precious moments spent with you and one by one i string them on a line of silvery silken thread, and memories view with trembling fingers filled with gratitude i lift the treasured irridescent strand and clinging to it, in this solitude our hearts connect, all time and distance spanned then for a fleeting instant i can sense your thoughts on me, can feel your heart's embrace but dissipating after one swift glimpse to leave the shades of longing on my face and if i find the dreams i dream have died i place the strand so carefully 'round my throat against my skin, beneath my clothes to hide next to my heart, to spark the fire of hope... the hope that there are still more pearls to grasp more precious moments left for us... somewhere... where hearts are true and time is made to last and tomorrow's tenderness is ours to share.