hold like so


When I say …

When I say “I will be true to you” I must mean it in spite of the formalities, instead of the formalities.

– Jeanette Winterson

I don’t own …

I don’t own my emotions unless I can think about them. I am not afraid of feeling but I am afraid of feeling unthinkingly. I don’t want to drown. My head is my heart’s lifebelt.

– Jeanette Winterson


whenever i dream of asking for forever, this is basically how the conversation goes in my head.

After Love

Afterward, the compromise.
Bodies resume their boundaries.

These legs, for instance, mine.
Your arms take you back in.

Spoons of our fingers, lips
admit their ownership.

The bedding yawns, a door
blows aimlessly ajar

and overhead, a plane
singsongs coming down.

Nothing is changed, except
there was a moment when

the wolf, the mongering wolf
who stands outside the self

lay lightly down, and slept.”

– Maxine Kumin

from When You Are Old And Gray

…How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face…

– W.B. Yeats