Awake When I'm Sleeping

I'll tell you one thing
My heart does not belong to me, nor to anyone else. It declared its
independence from me before it turned into a stone.

Mahmoud Darwish, excerpt from “From now on you are somebody else” in A River Dies of Thirst

I’m sorry to say it, but fucking
is nothing. To the gods, we look
like dogs. Still they watch.

— Mary Ruefle, “Merengue”

"This is a world where everybody’s gotta do something. Ya know, somebody laid down this rule that everybody’s gotta do something, they gotta be something. You know, a dentist, a glider pilot, a narc, a janitor, a preacher, all that … Sometimes I just get tired of thinking of all the things that I don’t wanna do. All the things that I don’t wanna be. Places I don’t wanna go, like India, like getting my teeth cleaned. Save the whale, all that, I don’t understand that …"

Charles Bukowski

“Forgetting someone is like

Forgetting to put out the light in the back yard

And leaving it on all day …
Yehuda Amichai

“I sit before flowers

hoping they will train me in the art of opening up.

I stand on mountain tops believing that avalanches will teach me to let go.

I know nothing,

but I am here to learn.”

- Shane Koyczan

When you can’t escape, and you constantly rely on everyone else, you learn to cry by smiling, you know?

Ramón Sampedro—-The Sea Inside


And if I loved you Wednesday,
   Well, what is that to you?
I do not love you Thursday—
   So much is true.

 And why you come complaining
   Is more than I can see.
I loved you Wednesday,—yes—but what
   Is that to me?

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Late Fragment

And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.

Raymond Carver

At a certain point in our lives we crumble our regrets like biscuits in our morning coffee.

Natalia Ginzburg

If you don’t like my principles, I’ve got others.

Groucho Marx