Here is What You Have Been Given

“They’re in love. Fuck the war.”
― Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow

Dallas Museum of Art Dallas, Texas

Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, Texas

The old couple, carved from the earth like the first man, sit there, decade after decade, while people walk by and stare at them. It’s been going on so long, they are getting pretty sick of it. It shows in their faces.

“There is an hour when you realize: here is what you have been given. More than this, you won’t receive. And what this is, what your life has come to, will be taken from you. In time.”
― Joyce Carol Oates, Wild Nights!: Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway

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