Marguerite Duras says:

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“She says people ought to learn to live like them,
with the body abandoned
in a wilderness, 
and in the mind the memory of a single kiss, a single word, a single look to stand for a whole love.”

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Linda Pastan says:

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” Because
the night you
asked me,
the small scar
of the quarter moon
had healed –

the moon was
whole again;

because life seemed so short;
because life stretched out before me
like the halls of a nightmare;
because I knew exactly what I wanted;
because I knew exactly nothing;
because I shed my childhood with my clothes –
they both had years of wear in them;
because your eyes were darker than my father’s;
because my father said I could do better;
because I wanted badly to say no;
because Stanly Kowalski shouted “Stella…;”
because you were a door I could slam shut;
because endings are written before beginnings;
because I knew that after twenty years
you’d bring the plants inside for winter
and make a jungle we’d sleep in naked;
because I had free will;
because everything is ordained;

I said yes.”