Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Breaking point

The first time it happened, she wondered
if everything had stopped.
Time, place and motion- all at once
dropped to the floor


then slowly,
everything began to pull
back together,
to gel, regaining form and function.
When it happened again, she felt the ache
that repetition brings, the cells’
collective memory of wound
and healing.

What the body remembers. Each particle, in the
ciphered language of genetics can vividly
recall the extremities of our collective histories,
drawing them to the surface each time
the story is repeated.

Rachel Westfall
May 13, 2008

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