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IMPULSES | Near-yet-far love story of Agatha and Primos

By Herman M. Lagon

Primos and Agatha, two spirits entangled in the complex dance of a paradoxical courtship, lived before us in a constant state of “static journey,” inching closer to one another without ever actually touching. Their love story was full of paradoxes, and like a “known mystery,” it was visible to everyone, yet nobody could decipher it.

Primos, a man of “calm excitement,” experienced the peaceful turbulence of midlife as he balanced the restless pursuit of professional success with the subtle need for a friend. In contrast, Agatha brought excitement to Primos’s mundane life as a “gentle storm,” her presence a blend of calm volatility. They were “together alone” in their fight, bound by an unspoken yet profound connection that defied definition.

Their everyday interactions at work consisted of “loud silences” when they exchanged ideas and information without saying a word. The shadows of their unspoken wants cast a bright but invisible light over these “darkly lit” times of their shared adoration. It was a bond of “fragile strength,” fragile yet resilient, a demonstration of the strength that comes from love that transcends mere friendship and flourishes even when faced with hardship.

Primos’s efforts to convey his emotions were “clearly ambiguous,” simple in his thoughts but bafflingly complicated when put into practice. In contrast, Agatha exhibited a “shy boldness,” the hesitancy she exhibited serving as a mask that only partially obscured the intensity of her feelings. As “partners in crime,” they overcame the “smooth obstacles” in their relationship, with each test serving as a stepping stone that drew them closer and further separated them.

Each movement in their intricate dance was a “forward retreat,” a forward momentum that somehow recirculated to start at the very first step. It was a “fast-paced stillness,” a whirlwind of motion that somehow rendered everything the same, a succession of gestures that went around the issue without really getting to the core of it.

Nobody dared to admit the “open secret” of their love for one another; it was a plainly obvious truth and shrouded in denial. They existed in what they called a “temporary eternity,” where the passing of time seemed to go on forever, yet the significance of each moment seemed limitless. Their love was “bittersweet,” a combination of sweetness and the ache of unmet needs, a potion that sustained them spiritually while simultaneously making them want more.

Primos and Agatha exemplified the “living paradox” of two people united by love yet separated by fate as they navigated the “dynamic stillness” of their lives. “Divided unities,” or pieces of a whole that remained apart somehow, describe this couple whose harmony was characterized by the dissonance of their silent wants. It was a “concrete abstraction,” a connection that thrived on ambiguity and was born out of conflict.

Nonetheless, Primos and Agatha were still “united in separation,” traveling together in seclusion. Their narrative was like a “frozen flame,” full of enthusiasm but lacking warmth; it showed how much they loved each other but failed to break the spell of their loneliness. Unspoken words resounded like a “silent symphony,” a love song composed of their feelings and played on the strings of their hearts.

The story of Primos and Agatha is a moving reminder of how paradoxes may shed light on the nuances of human emotions and relationships. They deepen our comprehension of reality and ourselves by making us think, revealing complicated truths, and forming emotional connections. With it, we discover a particularly human and universally relatable story of Primos and Agatha. Anyone who has swum across the turbulent seas of desire and love will relate to their continually developing story.


Doc H fondly describes himself as a ‘student of and for life’ who, like many others, aspires to a life-giving and why-driven world grounded in social justice and the pursuit of happiness. His views do not necessarily reflect those of the institutions he is employed or connected with.


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