My English literature teacher once told us this story about Salvador Dali and Gala. It goes like this:
Dali and Gala had a pet rabbit that they loved like a child. Once they were called upon to undertake a long voyage and they could not take the rabbit with them. They would be gone for many a day and the thought of leaving their child in the care of someone else troubled the couple. But they could not find a way of taking him with them.
At dinner, after finishing a particularly tender piece of meat, Dali asked Gala what it was. She replied it was their rabbit. While Dali presumably gagged on it, Gala explained that it was her highest tribute of love to have ingested the flesh of someone she loved so much and have him become a part of her.
Which sheds new light on these lines by e e cummings:
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it