Eurasian Skylark (alauda arvensis)
“Rising in arcs ever higher until almost out of sight, the songster flutters and sings continuously for three or four minutes, then folds his wings and falls like a stone toward the center of his territory.” National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds
Pre-contemplation means knowing something and then immediately forgetting. You don’t know what you already knew. I am good at that. “I’m tired all the time,” I told my husband. “When I wake up, I’m already tired.”
“You think your life depends on protecting your family lies,” Matthew said. “The lies that everything was good. That’s pretty exhausting.” When I finally escaped my family territory to Matthew’s Brooklyn for a winter, it was as if I’d abandoned ship.
So begins Kirie’s new story in [PANK]. Read the full story here: Fall Like a Stone.
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