“The names are the names of our kids. But, you know, we trust her implicitly. She’s very sensitive to any of that stuff. And obviously the song has nothing to do with our kids other than our kids’ names. But I mean, what an honor. We thought it was pretty damn amazing. We still do. You know, I still walk down the street and shake my head thinking, ‘I can’t believe that happened.’ [On whether the kids knew about the song] We surprised them with it. Yeah. They didn’t know. They had no idea. We don’t tell them anything, we find they’re most compliant if you offer them no access to outside information.”
– Ryan Reynolds on Taylor using names on his daughters for song characters (SiriusXM, August 5th 2021)
I need you to be here when I wake up. Not just texting me, ‘good morning babe’ but actually here, in my bed, with me. I need you to wake me up by kissing me softly. I need you to wrap your arms around me and hold me close. I need you to caress my face. I need to feel safe and calm and the only one who can make me feel that, is you. I need you.
Us unfolding our legs to come closer to the ground. You, gorgeous mosaic of fragments, loss, survival. Me, impossible to live in a body not set trembling like a cello string. So we do. / Attend the world’s every move and come undone at every line.
— Tamiko Beyer, from “Subterranean Haibuns,” Last Days
When I say, I love you, it’s not because I want you or because I can’t have you. It has nothing to do with me. I love what you are, what you do, how you try. I’ve seen your kindness and your strength. I’ve seen the best and the worst of you. And I understand with perfect clarity exactly what you are.