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I never thought in my entire life I'd hear that word directed to me. It's rare for my people to be told that their life is going to end. We aren't supposed to die. We live on, forever. So when I sat in that office, my mother holding my hand tightly, and the doctor uttered those words, it was like he had pulled out a gun and shot me, right then and there.
"I'm sorry to have to tell you, but you're dying. There's nothing we can do. There is a mutation in your DNA sequencing, which means that we are unable to reverse your condition." After the last word fell from his lips, it was like the world had stopped. I heard myself gasp, and my mother cry out. Her grasp on my hand tightened as she pressed my palm to her cheek. I didn't blink. I couldn't speak. I could only think one thing: Oh god, please tell me this is some kind of sick joke, or a nightmare, anything but real. Just let me wake up, please, everything is fine, everything has to be fine. But it wasn't a bad dream.
Volpi.You will find that the story you tell
is very rarely your own. In Lucca,
even the smallest pebbles
breathe in the warm sunlight.
Knotted stones and cobbled roads
beat out a paper-dry heartbeat heat
my city breathes in and out,
inhales sparrow air.
It's writing a story.
You are the pen.
You will find that in Lucca
the daisy chains forge fire
in side streets and back alleys.
Teenagers intertwine. Tell me,
odd flower, are you still closed?
Here we are colored wax;
the heat of the city melts us.
We run into each other, rhapsody
of pigments. Operas are our specialties.
Open up; feel the reds.
If not, try and see them. There is a place
of deep knife marks, a street
long as midnight
you may learn something there.
Valentina's voice glimmers like red wine.
You may enjoy intoxications. Still,
know alcohol has no story
and will swallow your own.
Find the sign with the wolf on it.
You'll know the place. Epiphanies ring true as church-bells.
Lucca still guides the wanderers
to well sp
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