love your city

this my muthafuckin’ m.o.
January 8, 2011, 18:38
Filed under: floetry

“everybody has to die, firdaus. i will die, and you will die. the important thing is how to live until you die.”
“how is it possible to live? life is so hard.”
“you must be harder than life, firdaus. life is very hard. the only people who really live are those who are harder than life itself.”
“but you are not hard, sharifa, so how do you manage to live?”
“i am hard, terribly hard, firdaus.”
“no, you are gentle, and soft.”
“my skin is soft, but my heart is cruel, and my bite deadly.”
“like a snake?”
“yes, exactly like a snake. life is a snake. they are they same, firdaus. if the snake realizes you are not a snake, it will bite you. and if life knows you have no sting, it will devour you.”

n. el-saadawi, woman at point zero


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