Life …

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.

– Anaïs Nin

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An amazing thing happens …

An amazing thing happens when we are honest and vulnerable. We allow people to know us and love us. We also allow people to reject us, and that can sometimes hurt. But the truth is, they would have rejected us anyway. It’s just that it would have taken a little more time.

– Donald Miller

from “The Virgin Suicides”

We knew, finally, that the girls were really women in disguise, that they understood love and even death, and that our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them.

– Jeffrey Eugenides

Zoo

you have had love, and that means
your sternum is a divining rod
for both passion and grief. because the tongue is the body’s
strongest muscle, make it say
joy. make it say I am a factory of splendid things. make it say
the octopus is the smartest animal
in the animal kingdom, and I am an octopus. I am an octopus.
I am happy. my survival
was not an accident, or purposeless.

– Marty McConnell

from Sonnet XII

Kiss by kiss I cover your tiny infinity,
your margins, your rivers, your diminutive villages,
and a genital fire, transformed by delight,

slips through the narrow channels of blood
to precipitate a nocturnal carnation,
to be, and be nothing but light in the dark.

— Pablo Neruda, translated by A. S. Kline

All I know …

All I know is that I’ve wasted all these years looking for something, a sort of trophy I’d get only if I really, really did enough to deserve it. But I don’t want it anymore, I want something else now, something warm and sheltering, something I can turn to, regardless of what I do, regardless of who I become. Something that will just be there, always, like tomorrow’s sky. That’s what I want now, and I think it’s what you should want too. But it will be too late soon. We’ll become too set to change. If we don’t take our chance now, another may never come for either of us.

― Kazuo Ishiguro