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I come here every night. I stand here drinking, and I listen to the animals move around in my body, elegant and beautiful, ''mindless," and already near extinction. I observe their passing. Page 54 A Choreography 1. Even before she saw water, she loved to swim, and made her parents wonder who her parents were. Asleep, she felt the light collect around her, and conscious, it seemed, of that light, changed specifically to meet it, and woke. Her parents slept late and were clumsy, which made her that much more amazing.
They flew up and down the long room, barely grazing the heads of us at the bar. That's my understanding. Look closely. The birds were frantic. Snow fell outside. The room had the glow streetlight reflected on fresh snow makes coming in through iced windows. But the next night they were gone. I came early, pockets full of suet to charm them. I come here every night. I stand here drinking, and I listen to the animals move around in my body, elegant and beautiful, ''mindless," and already near extinction.
We think of the one man who learned to climb a wall of air, pulling hand over hand up the structure we could not see except for his climbing. When he jumped he did not build a bird. He simply fell. And we can't stop watching him fall into the sea, flapping his arms, way out there. And where do we fit such memories? Some of us wander through the cells of our bodies where everything seems Page 6 to recognize everything else, carrying the bundle of our memories. Others never stop moving. Others simply watch the sea.