The great love story of Romeo & Juliet is, first and foremost, a tragedy. We won’t debate whether or not they were really in love (but believe me, we have feelings on the subject!) but we are always amazed by how the title characters are interpreted. Was Romeo really the “rash” one? After all - spoilers! - he plans his own death for some time. The trip back to Verona from Mantua wasn’t short, and then there’s the whole duel with Paris... But Juliet? Within mere minutes after discovering her husband dead, she takes her own life - “I’ll be brief. O happy dagger, this is thy sheath,” she claims. “There rust and let me die.” And with Romeo’s dagger, she stabs herself - and dies. Rash indeed.
The swirls in these bars remind us of the human heart, a thing both powerful and fickle and in the end, fragile. Fragranced with sweet sugared strawberries and stamped with a token of Juliet’s star-cross’d sacrifice.