Emergency preparedness

September 26, 2008

I have three days of non-perishable food, a crank-powered flashlight, enough wine to numb me to all manner of disaster. I have a journal, many friends on speed-dial, and plenty of books I haven’t read. I know disintegration comes on slowly, like the earth peeling apart. I know, though, when the rupture happens, when the relationship experiences irreconcilable liquefaction, it cannot help but disorient and cause panic. So I’m prepared, ever-prepared, to say goodbye and erect all necessary perimeters around my heart at a moment’s notice.

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