Friday, January 13, 2012


atrophy |ˈatrəfē|
verb ( -phies, -phied) [ intrans. ]
(of body tissue or an organ) waste away, typically due to the degeneration of cells, or become vestigial during evolution : without exercise, the muscles will atrophy | [as adj. ] ( atrophied) in some beetles, the hind wings are atrophied.

It started with a matter of fact description on the way to school in winter - a woman ripped apart by violent gang rape, bloodied and crawling towards safety. Our green car struggled over a hill overlooking the schoolyard, the grass white and dreadful, and I sunk, sunk, sunk all the way down and curled up in my own heart.  I wrote a biology test and cried on the lined paper, the tears smearing ink containing the facts about the anatomy of something or the other. I poke at the dead tissue every time another part dies, hoping in vain that feeling would return.

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