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The Promise

Call yourself alive? Look, I promise you that for the first time you'll feel your pores opening like fish mouths, and you'll actually be able to hear your blood surging through all those lanes, and you'll feel light gliding across the cornea like the train of a dress.

For the first time you'll be aware of gravity like a thorn in your heel, and your shoulder blades will ache for want of wings.

Call yourself alive? I promise you you'll be deafened by the sound of dust falling on furniture, you'll feel your eyebrows turning to two gashes, and every memory you have will begin at Genesis.

Nina Cassian

Call Yourself Alive?

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