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ShadyartisanArya Nov 22nd, 2019 79 Never
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  1. Gustave Flaubert to his wife Louise Colet.
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  3. Have you really not noticed, then, that here of all places,
  4. in this private, personal solitude that surrounds me, I have turned to you?
  5. All the memories of my youth speak to me as I walk, just as the sea shells crunch under my feet on the beach.  
  6. The crash of every wave awakens far-distant reverberations within me.
  7.  
  8. I hear the rumble of bygone days, and in my mind the whole endless series of old passions surges forward like the billows.
  9. I remember my spasms, my sorrows, gusts of desire that whistled like wind in the rigging, and vast vague longings that swirled in the dark like a flock of wild gulls in a storm cloud.
  10.  
  11. On whom should I lean, if not on you?
  12. My weary mind turns for refreshment to the thought of you as a dusty traveler might sink onto a soft and grassy bank.
  13.  
  14. I will cover you with love when next I see you, with caresses, with ecstasy.  
  15. I want to gorge you with all the joys of the flesh, so that you faint and die.  
  16. I want you to be amazed by me, and to confess to yourself that you had never even dreamed of such transports.
  17. When you are old, I want you to recall those few hours.
  18. I want your dry bones to quiver with joy when you think of them.
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