I watched you two over the span of twenty four years,  and cultivated a definition of what relationships are.

I sought the ones who would hurt me less, only to learn that they still hurt too. I wonder if it’s this cruel long-term teaching that makes me uniquely sensitive to the ways in which even the subconscious, the delay, the hesitance, the unintentional, all bring pain.

And so perhaps, another person was never necessary, if another person only brings abuse and submission, even by mere implication.