Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward


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

Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones


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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