How can a man stand against this?
I am utterly undone by it.
I don’t know if I am worth a fuck or not. You’ll probably say I’m all these good things, but you don’t fear me like she does.
You don’t have the same experiences of me that she does.
But I pledge my poor strengths to her and that child of hers.
Is there a more beautiful sight?
There is not.
Go, wipe me from the world. Go do your worst. I am nothing, or smaller than that.
But there is nothing grander than what I have brought into the world.
And what the child of mine has wrought.
I do not mind spending what small purse I have.
I will put it down and take what comes.
Ah, we are done for, aren’t we?