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Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Updated: Apr 27, 2023


“And I get up because it is the only thing I can do.”



What are you crying for? Stop crying. Crying ain’t going to change anything. We never stopped crying. We just did it quieter. We hid it. I learned how to cry so that almost no tears leaked out of my eyes, so that I swallowed the hot salty water of them and felt them running down my throat. This was the only thing that we could do. I swallow and squint through the tears, and I run.”

Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones

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