You said: I used to invent love when necessary. When I walked alone on the riverbank. Or whenever the level of salt would rise in my body, I would invent the river.
- Mahmoud Darwish, from In the Presence of Absence, translated by Sinan Antoon (Archipelago Books, 2011)
(Source: yesyes, via apoetreflects)
When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.