Curtains

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Curtains

 

When heartbeats

cease to make

music,

when eyes turn to

microscopes,

when hands

only count

as abaci,

and when minds act

as balances

weighing heavy things

who can’t fly

away free

in the

end.

 

-M.M.

 

Note: I am currently studying life, both from the scientific and the literary point of view. In the Lithuanian language there are two words that translate into “life”. The first, gyvybė [gee-VEE-beh], describes the being alive aspect of life—biologically functioning, blood-pumping, moving, eating, sleeping, aliveness. The second, gyvenimas [gee-VAN-ih-mus], describes the living aspects of life—how you are doing today, hopes, dreams, problems, relationships, livingness. This poem was born thinking about the possible opposites of both of these words.

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