Clementine von Radics says I am not the first person you loved…

“I am not the first person you loved. You are not the first person I looked at with a mouthful of forevers.  We have both known loss like the sharp edges of a knife. We have both lived with lips more scar tissue than skin. Our love came unannounced in the middle of the night. Our love came when we’d given up on asking love to come. I think that has to be part of its miracle. This is how we heal. I will kiss you like forgiveness. You will hold me like I’m hope. Our arms will bandage and we will press promises between us like flowers in a book. I will write sonnets to the salt of sweat on your skin. I will write novels to the scar of your nose. I will write a dictionary of all the words I have used trying to describe the way it feels to have finally, finally found you. And I will not be afraid of your scars. I know sometimes it’s still hard to let me see you in all your cracked perfection, but please know: whether it’s the days you burn more brilliant than the sun or the nights you collapse into my lap your body broken into a thousand questions, you are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. I will love you when you are a still day. I will love you when you are a hurricane.

– Clementine von Radics, “Mouthful of Forever”

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Christopher Poindexter says I loved her, not for the way she danced with my angels…

“I loved her, not for the way she danced with my angels but for the way the sound of her name could silence my demons.”

– Christopher Poindexter

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Ken Follett says she loved him because he had brought her back to life…

“She loved him because he had brought her back to life.  She had been like a caterpillar in a cocoon, and he had drawn her out and shown her that she was a butterfly.

– Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth

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Rumi says you’ve seen my descent…

“You’ve seen my descent.

Now watch my rising.

– Rumi

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Yehuda Berg says forgive and forget…

“Hurt people, hurt people. That’s how pain patterns get passed on, generation after generation after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion and cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is the weapon of the future.

– Yehuda Berg

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F. Scott Fitzgerald says we were all just humans…

“And in the end, we were all just humans, drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Stephen Chbosky says it was a hopeful kind of sad…

“She wasn’t bitter. She was sad, though. But it was a hopeful kind of sad. The kind of sad that just takes time.

– Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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