To live in this world you must be able to do three things:—Mary Oliver
To love what is mortal;
To hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it;
and when the time comes to let it go, to let it go.
“I can love you because I want to feel less alone, or I can love you because I want you to feel less alone. But only the latter requires me to imagine a consciousness independent of my own, and equally real.”—Garth Risk Hallberg, “Why Write Novels at All?“, The New York Times