1. There is a war going on. Over there and over here. Inside and outside. Will we ever be good, warless?
2. Where is home?
3. Safe from something. Safe from some things.
4. It’s almost growing season. As if we haven’t been growing enough lately.
5. What do you still believe? Is there anything left of the old you? Look at all of us, changed forever. Here we have modern nostalgia.
6. We still have spring and sunshine and old flowers growing new leaves – for now.
7. Be free.
8. Soon we’ll have more, and much less. Look at everything you have in this moment.
9. All of this is the same. We have never, ever changed.
10. Fist bump.
Of course the one person I want to be around is always nowhere to be found. Of course we can’t be together. Of course there’s never any time to say anything. It’s never been like this before. These new experiences are fun and interesting and overwhelming. And I can’t even say that; there’s no time. There’s never enough time. It’s never been like this before. There’s always been silences, breathing room, space to think. No longer. Days move by, solid chunks of time filled with work, with doing things, with emails, with phone calls, with brisk walks across bricked streets. Days blur together: is it still Wednesday? Isn’t this what a Saturday feels like? How many days has been since we were in that room together? How many days since we last spoke? Too many. Too many days altogether. Too much living. Too much life.
And yet at other times there’s entirely too much emptiness. You sit across the table from me but that space between us might as well be stretched across an entire continent. It doesn’t matter how much time there is if there’s nothing to say, if no one is willing to say it. It’s never been like this before. It’s always been easy or it’s always been nothing. This is a combination of something and nothing and difficulty. I’m struggling against something I can’t quite see and there’s too much time to wage this war. It never ends. Nothing changes. It’s always you and me and silence. And no one wins.