Saturday, April 4, 2009

it's getting faster, moving faster now

I think that I prefer to put myself in serious danger rather than confront my shame. My shame at not having become someone, the shame at not making my parents proud after all the sacrifices they had made for me. The shame of having become a mediocre nihilist.

-- Marjane Satrapi,
The Complete Persepolis (New York: Pantheon, 2007) 244. (Italics mine.)

the pain in the back
is caused by phantoms
settling on the shoulders.

mirrors have become
the most terrifying thing.

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