"And now they were splitting up, they were too worn down by

"And now they were splitting up, they were too worn down by

9/2/2021, 4:13:41 AM
"And now they were splitting up, they were too worn down by the diverse strategies that life has to wear lovers down, too many trips or too much togetherness, the accumulated weight of lies or stupidity or lack of tact of mistakes, the things said at the wrong time, with immoderate or inappropriate words, or those that, the appropriate or moderate words not having been found, were never said; or worn down too by a bad memory, yes, by the inability to remember what’s essential and live within it (to remember what once made them happy: How many lovers had succumbed to that negligent forgetting?), and by the inability, as well, to get ahead of all that wearing down and deterioration, to get ahead of the lies, the stupidity, the lack of tact, the mistakes, the things that shouldn’t be said, and the silences that should be avoided: to see all that, see it all from way off, see it coming and step aside and feel it blow past like a meteorite grazing the planet." -REPUTATIONS, Juan Gabriel Vásquez

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