On this Valentine’s Day, as the luxury of peace finds many places saturated with pink, it seems timely to spotlight a perspective on love amid conflict: love as optimism; love as a construct growing from rubble; love as green and lush as this lace top.
The Tunnel of Love in Klevan, a historic enclave in western Ukraine occupied during World War II, invites couples to stroll along the railway leading to a fiberboard factory. The train still runs, three times a day, delivering wood. I would wait for the conductor to clatter by and let the verdant hush settle in, as peace may do in Ukraine if the ceasefire set for midnight tonight holds. An enclave of optimism in a country beset by violence. A light at the end of a long tunnel.