"The soul’s like all matter:why would it stay intact, stay faithful to its one form,when it could be free?"

-Gluck

“‘We affect one another quite enough merely by existing. Whenever the stars cross, or is it comets? fragments pass briefly from one orbit to another. On rare occasions there is total collision, but most often the two simply continue without incident, neither losing more than a particle to the other, in passing.’

So they separated, with a metaphor involving stars.”

-Vidal

" I encounter millions of bodies in my life; of these millions, I may desire some hundreds; but of these hundreds, I love only one." 

-Barthes

"Prove to me i’m not gonna die alone.

put your arm ‘round my collar bone, open the door.”

"I want you to know
one thing. 

You know how this is: 
if I look 
at the crystal moon, at the red branch 
of the slow autumn at my window, 
if I touch 
near the fire 
the impalpable ash 
or the wrinkled body of the log, 
everything carries me to you, 
as if everything that exists, 
aromas, light, metals, 
were little boats 
that sail 
toward those isles of yours that wait for me. 

Well, now, 
if little by little you stop loving me 
I shall stop loving you little by little. 

If suddenly 
you forget me 
do not look for me, 
for I shall already have forgotten you. 

If you think it long and mad, 
the wind of banners 
that passes through my life, 
and you decide 
to leave me at the shore 
of the heart where I have roots, 
remember 
that on that day, 
at that hour, 
I shall lift my arms 
and my roots will set off 
to seek another land. 

But 
if each day, 
each hour, 
you feel that you are destined for me 
with implacable sweetness, 
if each day a flower 
climbs up to your lips to seek me, 
ah my love, ah my own, 
in me all that fire is repeated, 
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten, 
my love feeds on your love, beloved, 
and as long as you live it will be in your arms 
without leaving mine.”

Pablo Neruda

I realize that words have no weight to them unless the purported string of letters are lifted upon the backs of action. Words can’t move on its own.

absence

I waken out of this forgetfulness very quickly.  In great haste, I reconstitute a memory, a confusion..in amorous absence, I am, sadly, an unglued image that dries, yellows, shrivels. 

-Barthes

happiness.

"My whole life, I’ve felt as though I were missing something, that the happiness assigned to me existed always at a distance, somewhere, in some place that was somehow beyond me- and when I moved, it moved too, always away but never far as not to haunt me with the feeling of what it might be like to be happy."