"I felt like an alien who had landed on some strange planet. The sun was rising and
it was just like some kind of cheesy painting of a sunrise on velvet, almost too beautiful, a wash of colors shimmering
in the sky. I wanted to stare right into the ball of flame. It was almost worth going blind just to really
see it, brighter than I’d ever imagined, reflected by the water."
"i looked up from my dark place and there you were.
Your smile blooms on your face, sudden and unexpected like a speeded up film of flowers opening. Your eyes shine with something between joy and sadness. Your hair is all reckless brown curls. Your body is lean and fine like a swimmer’s.
I know what I am waiting for. I know that you are meant to be mine.
Why are we given free will if we are not meant to use it? To create. To re-create.
I will do whatever it takes."
"He felt the loneliness of fine hotel rooms, that
cool, peaceful, haunting loneliness, the loneliness of clean sheets that countless other bodies have used before, and polished magnifying mirrors into which countless other faces have gazed, scrutinizing their imperfections."
"Autumn: the air smells of smoke and the leaves dress the water in gowns of red, orange, and gold. In winter, the trees are black against the white snow, the world a silhouette as we skate over the ice. By springtime, everything is budding and blooming, the ground squelchy with rain. We sit on the rocks and drink beer, smoke joints, wait for the water to get warmer, because in the summer humidity, we will take off our clothes and plunge into the blue."
"That was what healing was, I thought. Don’t imagine the broken part at all. Only see the image of the whole.
It is already whole because of your love. Love does not fragment."
"Our eyes were watering from the spices and we tried to cool off with the cucumber-and-yogurt raita. I looked at
you sipping your wine.
“I would give anything to be that wine in your mouth,” I said.
“I wish you were this wine in my mouth.” You leaned over and pressed your lips to mine. They burned with