— Kenneth Goldsmith (via feminin-et-masculin)
Richard Siken, "Litany in Which Certain Things Are Crossed Out"
The river’s wide,
That I could not swim across it,
So I convinced myself
I’d walk upon the waves.
— Mallory Ortberg, “The Only Time I’ve Ever Been To Connecticut”
That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality — your soul, if you will — is as bright and shining as any that has ever been. Bright as Shakespeare’s, bright as Gandhi’s, bright as Mother Teresa’s. Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.
And someday, in 80 years, when you’re 100, and I’m 134, and we’re both so kind and loving we’re nearly unbearable, drop me a line, let me know how your life has been. I hope you will say: It has been so wonderful."