• Eileen Wittig

Alex Clare's "Too Close": A Commentary

It’s almost finals week, and I’m running on 3.5 hours of sleep for the past 36 hours. So the obvious thing to do is to publish a post. Half the school’s population has gotten engaged in the past three months, which is aggravating to the singles population and pours salt and lemon juice on all the break ups. So for those who have been single either for a while or not very long at all, feel free to take this to heart. But not too much. Any increase in the sale of darts and ice cream is not in any relation to me. I was studying that day. With no WiFi.

You know I’m not one to break promises

Yeah, that’s one of the reasons I’m dating you. I really, really admire and need your support and trustfulne–

I don’t want to hurt you but I need to breathe

Wait, what? You mean that you being supportive and trustful for me is crushing you? Um…

At the end of it all, you’re still my best friend,

Well thanks for that at least, I guess, although I’m not really sure I want to be that anymore, or what that even means if you don’t like me trusting you.

But there’s something inside that I need to release.

Ok…like what? A deep, dirty secret? A fear? A sudden burst of energy? A burp?

Which way is right? Which way is wrong?

That way →, and the way you’re going, respectively.

How do I say that I need to move on?

Well seeing as you just did, I wouldn’t worry about it anymore.

You know we’re heading separate ways.

I didn’t actually, no, I kinda thought we were good, since we were dating and this hasn’t come up before, but whatever, apparently I haven’t been sensitive enough to you or something.

And it feels like I am just too close to love you

Ok, how does that even make sense? Isn’t that what love is all about? Being close to someone, closer than you’ve been with anyone, so much so that you can trust them with everything, including your deep internal struggle and battle to be consistent and trustful so you don’t “break promises”?

There’s nothing I can really say.

Then what’s all that up there?

I can’t lie no more, I can’t hide no more,

What do you mean, you can’t no more?? You’ve been lying to me and hiding from me?? Is it me you’re talking to in your song “Up All Night”??

Got to be true to myself.

You do know Shakespeare put that in Polonius’ speech as a joke, right?

And it feels like I am just too close to love you,

So I’ll be on my way.

Wait, you’re just gonna leave now? You’re just gonna come in, say “You’re killin me Smalls, and this whole ‘being close’ aspect of love is kind of a turn off for me,” and then just walk off? Really?

You’ve given me more than I can return,

And now you’re pulling that. Don’t even.

Yet there’s oh so much that you deserve.

Damn right there is.

There’s nothing to say, nothing to do,

I’ve nothing to give, I must live without you.

Whoa whoa whoa whoa, hang on. You’re leaving because you can’t repay me for everything I’ve done for you? Do you not know that people just give each other things because they love them and because they want to, without looking for compensation? Of all the reasons to break up with someone…

You know we’re heading separate ways.

You keep saying that, and every time you do, it becomes more and more obvious that you’re only saying that so I’ll agree, thinking, “yeah, I guess so,” even though I really don’t, so that by the time I realize, “wait, no I don’t!” you’ll be gone and you won’t have to deal with the fact that I called your bluff. Freaking…

And it feels like I am just too close to love you

So get out.

There’s nothing I can really say.

Then shut up.

I can’t lie no more, I can’t hide no more

I can’t believe you’re admitting that again, as if it’s my fault you ever did, like I gave you the need to!

Got to be true to myself.

Because you should only be true to good people, and you’re really an awesome guy.

And it feels like I am just too close to love you

I don’t think you can love anyone.

So I’ll be on my way.

Fine. Go. Idiot. I’m obviously too good for you anyway. I hope you find someone who hates closeness as much as you do, and who can’t give you anything either, because then you’ll be even, since clearly that’s what you want. Idiot.

Oh well, John Legend dresses better anyway.

#BreakUps #AlexClare #Relationships #Love #Pinterest

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