“Days I feel like a human being, while other days I feel more like a sound. I touch the world not as myself but as an echo of who I was.”
∆ Ocean Vuong, from On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin, 2019)
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
∆ Jorge Luis Borges, After a While
"Dry petals of dead flowers have secret cures in them -- anything under the sun, once touched by life / sun / is imbued with power over death."
– Jonas Mekas, Out-Takes from the Life of a Happy Man (2012)
I am a flower
you can put me
in your window
I don’t need seed oil
only a bit of water
every now and then
and a kiss
I may not grow
but I’ll stick
and wave to you