Graphic by Masha Dolgoff / North by Northwestern

    You and I, we’re made of different substances.

    You, the spray of the ocean tailing a boat

    Refreshing and cooling and soothing to reddened skin.

    And I, the salt in those molecules

    Hardened and grainy and agitating to the touch.

    You, the yellowed pages of a well-loved book,

    One you have memorized for hours.

    And I, the words on the pages

    Meaningless without context, separated and alone.

    Together, you provide the stability

    And I provide the uncertainty.

    Together, we are a structural abnormality,

    But apart we live at the extremes.


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