“I am a frayed and nibbled survivor…”

27 May
Solitary Chair (photo: Robert Birnbaum)

Solitary Chair (photo: Robert Birnbaum)

I am a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world, and I am getting along. I am aging and eaten and have done my share of eating too. I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world in which everything fits, but instead am wandering awed about on a splintered wreck I’ve come to care for, whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air, whose bloodied and scarred creatures are my dearest companions, and whose beauty beats and shines not in its imperfections but overwhelmingly in spite of them, under the wind-rent clouds, upstream and down. —Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
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