Rated M for adult themes • like DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES • and thee worst one of them all • CONFLICTED FEELINGS THAT DON’T GO AWAY NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU CRY • and also some of that horizontal hokey-pokey
but this time i’m forgetting how to get the words down, forgetting how i used to have a body, forgetting there’s a different way to break. i learn there
is a different love behind the old one and this one sings in a voice too big for its lungs, aches with a different strength: this love is missing you. blue boxes and cold feet and too much s p a c e between the letters and words leaping to my nerve endings that i didn’t know were growing. drawing the pain out of me like smoke. this love is
loss and letting go and i am learning how to curve its edges. because it’s not easy to leave this light, to wrap my own hands around my poem throat and choke the words up just because i want to hurt the hard way. because i am learning love
is never a lasting thing. i take june and i crush it to dust, spend it splintered and split and spitting in the sputtering skin of a starling. i am such a soft folded thing in rosedrop hands. i am whisking my junedust through this color blood. i am fighting the fade. and blue boxes. cold feet. deep breaths. sea green. your scent in tatters.
i am overgrown and i am glowing: my roots hang loose with nothing to love to, and that’s the worst part, it’s the empty in me
(you slip into the moon when you sleep: i can feel the beams of your love on me still)
pidge: keith i have a gay problem and need the help of a gay who is more experienced
keith: ok. what is it?
pidge: i like this girl but there’s no way she likes me back and i dunno what to do about it
keith: nothing. absolutely nothing. you do nothing, and then you do your best to ignore it but it’s just eating at you and it’s so hard to pretend it’s not there so then you watch ten thousand heteronormative hallmark movies but eventually you start getting daydreams about how great your life would be if you actually were dating and how much fun you’d have doing the cheesiest coupley stuff and you aren’t even paying attention to the hallmark movies anymore they’re just lights and sounds in the background of your daydreams but we’re in space so you don’t even have the hallmark movies so you just go straight to the daydreams and you get this idea in your head that if you two date you’ll finally be a happy functional person and you won’t have any more problems ever and you know that’s not true but you still wanna believe it anyway and now the crush is getting bigger and bigger and you’re even more of a mess and you talk to your friend about it since he says he’s always there if you need someone to listen so you think that’ll help a little bit but it turns out it doesn’t because your friend is an asshole and says “well why don’t you just tell him?” but if i could tell him then this wouldn’t. be a problem, shiro!
Absolutely outstanding. I loved all the information we were given in this episode with minimal dialogue and exposition:
The most powerful of the daughters of Aku has a latent weakness. Both Aku and Jack have been absent from the public eye for an unknown amount of time. Aku doesn’t know Jack has lost his sword. And Jack’s growing apathy for the wellbeing of the innocent is tearing his moral sensibilities, and mind, apart.
Calling it now:
…Is what Jack is afraid of becoming.
He can’t return to the past. He can’t defeat Aku in the future. He can’t age. And he doesn’t want to die. Barring eternal flight and struggle against an immortal, all powerful enemy, he fears his only option may be to stop fighting against Aku and join his evil ranks.
This final season is going to be exhilarating.
Episode 2 Update
Just further confirmation for me.
On the right we have the old Jack, the one who would have rather died before ever joining Aku or giving up his ideals (literally.) And on the left, we have what Jack has become over the years. Rejecting his past self, and opting for survival at any cost:
Outstanding imagery that what he must become, what he previously ran from and feared, is now showing him the path to survival:
And then we have him realizing what that will ultimately cost him: