If you must wait, wait for them here in my arms as I shake If you must weep, do it right here in my bed as I sleep If you must mourn, my love, mourn with the moon and the stars above If you must mourn, don’t do it alone
If you must leave, leave as though fire burns under your feet If you must speak, speak every word as though it were unique If you must die, sweetheart, die knowing your life was my life’s best part And if you must die, remember your life
If you must fight, fight with yourself and your thoughts in the night If you must work, work to leave some part of you on this earth If you must live, darling one, just live, just live, just live
"The story can resume. The one I had been planning on that evening walk. I can become again the man who once crossed the Surrey park at dusk, in my best suit, swaggering on the promise of life. The story can resume. I will return. Find you, love you, marry you and live without shame."
"From this new and intimate perspective, she learned a simple, obvious thing she had always known, and everyone knew: that a person is, among all else, a material thing, easily torn, not easily mended."
"Tell me all the secrets
that you have always
felt the need to keep
to yourself. Wrap your
words around the lines
of my palms; I promise
to always keep them
safe. If you let me,
I swear to love every
side of you that remains
"Everyone, at some point in their lives, wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling that they are all alone in the world, and that nobody loves them now and that nobody will ever love them, and that they will never have a decent night’s sleep again and will spend their lives wandering blearily around a loveless landscape, hoping desperately that their circumstances will improve, but suspecting, in their heart of hearts, that they will remain unloved forever. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to wake somebody else up, so that they can feel this way, too."
"I go through phases. Some days I feel like the person I’m supposed to be, and then some days, I turn into no one at all. There is both me and my silhouette. I hope that on the days you find me and all I am are darkened lines, you still are willing to be near me."