I couldn't imagine owning beauty like my mothers. I wouldn't dare.
Now I wish she'd never broken any of her rules. I understood why she held to them so hard. Once you broke the first one, they all broke, one by one, like firecrackers exploding in your face in a parking lot on the Fourth of July.
You must find a boy your own age. Someone mild and beautiful to be your lover. Someone who will tremble for your touch...someone whoes fingers are a poem.
I took the volume to a table, opened its soft, ivory pages... and fell into it as into a pool during dry season.
She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar.
Her voice made me drunk, deep and sun-warmed, a hint of a foreign accent, Swedish singsong a generation removed.
Isn't it funny.I'm enjoying my hatred so much more than i ever enjoyed love. Love is temperamental. Tiring. It makes demands. Love uses you, changes its mind. But hatred, now, that's something you can use. Sculpt. Wield. It's hard, or soft, however you need it. Love humiliates you, but Hatred cradles you.
We have no home, she told me. I am your home.
I emitted some civetlike female stink, a distinct perfume of sexual wanting, that he had followed to find me here in the dark.
Oleander time, she said. Lovers who kill each other now will blame it on the wind.
I understood why she did it. At that moment I knew why people tagged graffiti on the walls of neat little houses and scratched the paint on new cars and beat up well-tended children. It was only natural to want to destroy something you could never have.
She would buy magic every day of the week. Love me, that face said. I'm so lonely, so desperate. I'll give you whatever you want.
His voice was cloves and nightingales, it took us to spice markets in the Celebs, we drifted with him on a houseboat beyond the Coral Sea. We were like cobras following a reed flute.
It's all I ever really wanted, that revelation. The possibility of fixed stars.
We parked in back and walked down the stairs with their polished brass railings, past the old-fashioned kitchen. We could see the chefs cooking. It smelled like stew, or meat loaf, the way time should smell, solid and nourishing.
I felt beautiful but also interrupted. I wasn't used to being so complicated.
One can bear anything. The pain we cannot bear will kill us outright.
I wandered through the stacks, running my hands along the spines of the books on the shelves, they reminded me of cultured or opinionated guests at a wonderful party, whispering to each other.
Take my advice. Stay away from all broken people.
His voice was cloves and nightingales.
It's not that he was going nowhere, it's that he'd already arrived.
We recived our colouring from the Norsemen,hairy savages who hacked their gods to pieces and hung the flesh from trees.We are the ones who sacked Rome.Fear only feeble old age and death in bed.Don't forget who you are.
I felt like an Israeli girl soldier, in shorts and the hot wind, sighting down the barrel of the rifle, holding the .38 with both hands. It was a strange feeling, him looking at me as I aimed. I found I couldn't quite lose myself in the target. His eyes split my attention between the C in Coke and my awareness of him watching me. And I thought, this was what it was like to be beautiful.
Only peons made excusses for themselves she taught me. Never apologize, never explain.
I was always mortified.Didn't they know they were tying thier mothers to the ground? Weren't chains ashamed of their prisoners?
The cake had a trick candle that wouldn't go out, so I didn't get my wish. Which was just that it would always be like this, that my life could be a party just for me.
How can I shed tears for a man I should never have allowed to touch me in any way?
It's such a liability to love another person.
What can I say about life? Do I praise it for letting you live, or damn it for allowing the rest?
I felt like an undeveloped photograph that he was printing, my image rising to the surface under his gaze.
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