dear mannequin,

love is a paradox, and mother teresa expresses this best when she says “if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” being in love is blissful when it is a marriage of true minds, but sometimes being in love is like sliding down a water slide without water because love can drag you on your behind and peel back your skin and reveal what lies behind. when that happens, it takes a man/woman to suffer the ignorance of love and smile. for, sometimes the hurt one feels in love is born out ignorance – not knowing we are blissful, knowing we hurt … not knowing we hurt, knowing we are blissful. shakespeare wrote that true love is: “an ever-fixed mark/that looks on tempests and is never shaken;/it is the star to every wandering bark,/whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken./love’s not time’s fool,/love bears it out even to the edge of doom.” but, no relationship is without its impediments. you will learn, m, that the one who hurts you can yet make you feel bliss. if i ever cause you pain, i want you to remember it doesn’t mean i am not the right one. for, like your favorite singer says, “these are the lessons learned by lovers.”

yours, n.

F-K 2016.