"The spectrum between our wants and our needs is vast, suffused with desires we are not ready, or willing, or able to fully feel. Who is to judge what makes one relationship “real” and one “virtual,” “unreal”? At the end of the day, we all just want to matter to one another — to another human being — and we go about it in our own, wonderfully varied ways, our right to which is sacred."
"Sometimes it seems that all our words, even those for love,
are written in another language. And yet they still arrive,
distant, full of their own silences which may be what
allows us to invent another story, what saves us. What is
the word for the kind of love the woman shows now?
A word that contains the whole story the way her lamp
contains her room,"
Richard Jackson, from “The Whole Story,” Resonance: Poems (The Ashland Poetry Press, 2010)