“I desire the things which will destroy me in the end…”The Journals of Sylvia Plath, p. 23
If I had my mouth, I would bite;
if I had my liberty, I would do my liking.
In the meantime,
let me be that I am,
and seek not to alter me.William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (1.3.28-30)
Thus if men would remember the duties they are to perform in being heads, some would not stand a tip-toe as they do, thinking themselves Lords & Rulers…
When you close your eyes
do you picture me?
When you fantasize
am I your fantasy?
Do you really think God will forgive me for the blood on my hands, even if my soul was free? I’m going to hell no matter what happens. Let me have my pathetic hopeless love while I can. Just – let me pretend it will turn out all right.
“She stains the time past: lights the time to come.”
– Duchess of Malfi, 1.1.213-4
I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it…
– Jane Austen