All the Fierce Tethers

static1-squarespace“All the fierce tethers to all the fierce moments—they all matter. They matter extremely. To me. To the pinpoint I’ve become. And that’s the dizzying thing. The vastness of my singular life does not set me faceless in the ranks of billions—except that it does. I am perfectly speck-like. And my days very like the days of others. That a small portion matters, that it no longer roils with puniness but is measured in units of brevity, of transience, and that I take up my day, my sliver, despite its limited proportions—that’s fearsome.”

-Lia Purpura, “All The Fierce Tethers”, New England Review 

(Art by Mikko Lagerstedt.)

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