"Perhaps our difficult loneliness
was not given to us
but was ours by mistake
like an early theory of the world
in which all creation was a single sun,
in which humans and trees and the white heron
bent to feed were not forms but caverns
cutting into that light."
I’m the one who’s been asking you—
it hurts to ask—Who are you?
I am orphaned
each time the sun goes down.
I can feel cast out from everything
and even churches can look like prisons.
That’s when I want you—
you knower of my emptiness,
you unspeaking partner to my sorrow—
"The only way to know how much is enough, is to do too much, and then back up."
Kitty Genovese, a 28-year-old bar manager, was killed in a random stabbing in 1964, when dozens of onlookers witnessed the attack but didn’t intervene or call for help. The crime disgraced New York City, and it’s still resonating today. (Read more.)
"A woman should be able to kiss a man beautifully and romantically without any desire to be either his wife or his mistress."
"I spent an entire summer with winter inside of my ribs."
"I love you
I do and I’m wrong
for keeping it hidden
and telling someone else that they
have my heart so deep
when I loved you most
I still do
But you’re nothing but my secret pleasure
and if you come along once more
I’ll love you as much as I did before
but we’ll never be together.
What a shame."
"I would enter your sleep if I could, and guard you there, and slay the thing that hounds you, as I would if it had the courage to face me in fair daylight. But I cannot come in unless you dream of me."
A Fart in Queen Elizabeth’s Court
Edward De Vere, the 17th Earl of Oxford once accidentally farted in front of Queen Elizabeth I. Out of shame he went into exile for 7 years.
Upon his return the Queen welcomed him home and said, “My Lord, I had forgotten the fart.”