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  1. Awfully honest writing, Mario, so emotionally vibrant. Yes, the best thing is to be ourselves and not pretend to be who we are not. If we are lucky enough to find true love it means we are able to love the other person for who they are and they are able to love us for the same reason. I wish you could find this person as I have with my husband. I hope you are fine after so many forest fires nearby. By the way, I love the photo with the weeds in the wind, so dynamic as the course of life and love that, as you say, comes and goes. 🤗

  2. I try to be true to what I am thinking. I am glad it is emotionally vibrant. That’s success. We should be ourselves. It’s quite hard to negotiate being someone you are not. Oh, and true love, I have no idea what that is. As I get older, I understand I may never find true love. I am OK. The fires haven’t got me. Thank you.

  3. I need to clarify something that I think is happening. A woman, I was in a writer’s group with, once wrote a story about the protagonist being ill, and I told her I was sorry about her illness. She balked. She said, “Don’t ever confuse my character in a story I have written with me.”

    I want to deal with this issue. When I write a story, it usually is the byproduct of a synthesis of reality and many thoughts that come to me, especially my poetry, (which is usually wholly simply listening to a stream of consciousness, which if I get it all down then I have done the trick; that’s the hard part (it’s not really ‘me’)) they aren’t necessarily my life or the position I hold at all times, or even for very long. In fact, once I write a story, it is like I have solved the problem in my head, or at least attempted to, and then I am moving on to the next one.

    The theme of unrequited love is important in my work because as an introvert, it is too emotionally tumultuous to even bother anticipating failure to present myself in a manner that would be remotely recognizable to who I really am, and therefore the act seems futile. Besides, I just learned from an article that women who initially meet your eyes and then who immediately do everything they can to never look at you are indicating romantic dislike. But, I have known that. I am interested in the oblivion of the sexes toward each other. I am interested in the narcissism that disallows empathy between them. I am interested in the fact that everyone meets people, who they know like them and like the women who turn away immediately, they too have turned away.

    I think society is on its way to bridging this recognition. Eventually, men will wise up and leave women alone and there will be a more equal partnership in people, dominant members of the two wishing to get together, not female or male, who will take the initiative. It should never have been purely male. But, as you know, we are clearly not too far from the cavemen days or periods, when men were doing hard labor and women’s roles were raising children and so forth.

    I hope to cover more of this transition in the future. So, having this intention also should excuse me from the things I write as “the character” or persona because I will be doing more research and waiting for the syntheses to form. As for true love, I cannot imagine having the patience for it. With my day job and my projects, I have no idea how to fit it in. I am very much like my mother. Thank you for listening.


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