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Alda Merini

As for me, I used to be a bird
with a gentle white womb,
someone cut my throat
     just for laughs,
     I don’t know.
As for me, I used to be a great albatross
and whirled over the seas.
Someone put an end to my journey,
without any charity in the tone of it.
But even stretched out on the ground
I sing for you now
my songs of love.

— Alda Merini, “[As for me, I used to be a bird]”, Love Lessons: Selected Poems of Alda Merini. (Princeton University Press April 12, 2009)

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