My ex-wife still calls herself Maria Hertzsprung-Russell but her actual
name is Mary Riker. Only I called her Maria.
Mary's mouth resembles a pink anus or a closed anemone. In either case,
there is a sense of threat, voracity, expulsion. When she talks, she takes
care to hide her gums. Everything she says is quite painful, cruel. When
I ask her why, she tells me that she can afford to be cruel. It is simply
an offshoot of her self-sufficiency.
Her generosity exceeds all bounds. It even inches towards sacrifice; or
perhaps, by watching her, we realize that sacrifice is simply ridding oneself
of something that has lost its novelty in order to assauge the jealousy
of the new. Which is why the frequency of sacrifice makes its true nature
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