An update on the previous post. Unfortunately, I didn't get a great response, but I shall look at the positive side:
That said, this is what I ended up with after posting my first line, "She engaged in elaborate rituals".
She engaged in elaborate rituals.
That filled her with great remorse.
Sobriety grew from remorse.
Her speech became disjointed, tangled as she extricated herself from daily necessities.
Which (in essence) were sporadic dichotomies of futility!
I did not change anything—it is what it is and collaboration was the purpose and in that collaboration—I have found someone, just one person with whom to collaborate. My first contribution to that collaboration is the first violet line:
Leaving him to his own devices
only added to her woes.
Her reluctant acquiescence always entices
his enigmatic emulation of "macho".