This is great stuff, Kate, and your informative footnote had me singing along to this poem/song as I read!
Perfect love, be it faceless or otherwise, is never something we should give up looking for. Never settle for being unhappy, and keep listening out for those pebbles on your window.
I missed your writings, Kate! Right away, this read like lyrics (before I read your comment) and reminded me of a Taylor Swift song with a different ending, her choosing herself. Reminiscent of her older songs like Love Story but also making me think of her two more recent albums and the depth in processing emotions. That it's not all a fairytale. And I think that's important. Sometimes we don't have the answers or a reason for walking away from a relationship, but we know when something is not quite right. And it's like trying to fit together two pieces that aren't reciprocating, that are not able to be themselves. I also got the sense here that you were maybe molding yourself into something you weren't, unable to just be who you are or start that discovery. Then the pressure of trying to stay with someone and continue making it work when it shouldn't require that much effort and strife on your part.
I liked the repetition in this, and the idea of the faceless Romeo. That it could very well be someone else, or choosing yourself. Taking time for self-care, or you saving yourself and moving toward the vision and dream YOU want. Without the pull and influence of someone else. Building a future with your voice in the center.
You really hit the nail on the head with this comment! I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from Ms. Swift recently, listening to her newer albums as well as the old and I think that is what kind of sparked this.