We could have talked. We could have mixed our tears seed saliva sweat We could have combined book and flesh thought and guilt Oho! how we might have dissolved ourselves united as brothers Yes. As brother and sister: incestuous twins we could have tested limit after limit Shoulder to shoulder brothers ready to face fear at dawn death that keeps growing and growing life yet to come Yes. We could have macerated like the hide of wild game steeped in mordant softened and tamed by one another Tears and blood. Flesh and brain. Water and salt Oho! we could each have liquefied the other the way hemp disintegrates in the river the way a body dissolves in pure caustic soda Yes. I could have caressed you. I could even have sung you a lullaby I could have been your refuge. I could have killed you. Yes you- brother lover child. I could have strangled you with my own hands. We could have led each other hand in hand to death (Death. Impervious refuge. Maternal uterus. Common final placenta) We could have talked. In another life of ours: the next
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