A Single Tear in Innocence Sleep
"In the story, the fisherman is letting his heart break -- not break down, but break open. It is not the love of la teta , the breast milk mother, he wants; not the love of lucre, not the love of power or fame or sexuality. It is a love that comes upon him, a love he has always carried within him but has never acknowledged before.
A man's soul is seated more deeply and more clearly as he apprehends this relationship. The tear comes. She drinks. Now something else will develop and be reborn within him, something he can give to her; a vast and oceanic heart."
- Clarissa Pinkola Estés, 1992, Women Who Run With The Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype