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The wakeful brain Can declare innocence. gazing the magazine with its one eye, The dream is familiar with its personal inventiveness and not forgets who it really is it entertains. 20 THE CARETAKERS They organize the best way for morning. bare and entirely gray, they sweep The walks utilizing brooms with out bristles. For them on my own, all of the airborne dirt and dust of the wilderness Lies down in a single silk face flat underneath the moon. they bring about eggs like candles cupped of their arms From one nest to a different. They untangle the fur Of the willow, straighten the necks of plants, Suck the honey in their stamens, the horns in their groins upward. How their tongues effect the funnels of leaves. looking out between jack mice and tree tarsiers, fish And marmosets, they pinch close the eyes of these who've died abruptly and pull Shadows to hide the clearing the place the sexton beetle Works. They thrum on hole trunks as though their arms Had no joints. staring at over the our bodies of these napping Like stones in a box, they tuck at their ft, degree their respiring with their very own glass eyes, Push the chilly bowl of discomfort below the mattress. they're those who whisper over steel injuries subtle definitions of failure. close to the tip, their fingers start to stretch two times so long as their our bodies upward. Their faces delay With the twist of peeled cypress until eventually the cups in their cheekbones glow and their mouths develop into break up Ovals one of the timber disappearing and not using a sound Into the general sky precisely their colour. 21 THE RITES OF PASSAGE The mner cellphone of every frog egg laid this present day In those nonetheless open waters IS surrounded through melamn pigment, via a Jelly pill Actmg as cushion to the fallmg of the surf, As buffer to the loud crow-callmg Commg from the cleared forests to the north At seventy seven° the smgle mobile cleaves m ninety mmutes, Then cleaves agam and m &ve hours kinds the hole Ball of the blastula at the hours of darkness, 18 hours later, at the same time a shuffle m the grass strikes the shadows at the shore and the stnpes of the moon at the sand Disappear and the sounds of the heron Jerk around the lake, the growmg blastula turns Itself within out unassisted and turns into a intestine what's the resource of the stress msngatmg subsequent The rudimentary tail and gills, the cobweb of vems 7 what's the Impetus slowly d1rectmg the hard-core present nght up the size to that one defmite second while a fold of cells quivers by surprise for the 1st time And anyone says loudly "heart," born, beatmg gradually, Beanng now m the white water of the moon The mstantaneous distmcnon of bemg hable to demise 7 Above me, the total moon, around and floatmg deep In Its tablet of sky, by no means trembles In 10000 years it's going to by no means mvolute Its white frozen blastula to shape a intestine, won't ever by way of a center be known as born 22 Thmk of that a part of me wtshmg tomght to recollect The split-second area prior to the begmnmg, to recollect via a unexpected white mvoluuon of sight, by way of a imaginative and prescient of anxiety foldmg Itself inside of transparent open waters, through Imitatmg a mampulatwn Of cells m a second of distmctiOn, wishmg to recollect the total language made durmg that crossmg 23 PART II How to stick secure within the urban it's best to make this rule maintain your door of not easy hickory barred, No exceptions when you should still listen the bell sound twlCe, visit the keyhole and hsten Heavy breathmg ability or extra humans taller than you're waltlng remain qmet If the knocker sounds, it's the pretentwus girl m red, wantmg your skm colour, the quantity Of switch m your wallet forget about her an individual who calls via your lock announcmg His project too loudly iS somebody In gowns, basically 6ctltlous in case you come head to head With him, you can be accosted do not solution be cautious, cautious a noisy msistent Rappmg with naked knuckles ability somebody wishes suggestions badly he'll be gruesome, humpbacked And reekmg in the event you permit it, he'll fall in your neck and remam there depart the door close enable nobody at the different aspect see your face Peer from behmd curtams, via BB-sized slots, Cracks through the casement Gauge your callers With murors and shadows yet remain hidden this can be in your virtue watch out for dwarves and pygmies, clergymen, Spacemen, younger ladies with flora and candles, Ammals that come by myself 27 On windy nights push a chair opposed to the knob.