"If I never possessed these reed flutes
& drums, if my shadow stops kissing me
because of what I have witnessed,
I shall holler to you through my bones,
I promise you."
— from “Orpheus and the Second Gate of Hades” by Yusef Komunyakaa (via blutetragen
"How long have you been crying?
your mother taught you.
Anything is fine.
Feel it vibrate in your chest.
That’s where your heart is,
still wrestling life into you,
still pushing back against the world."