Vanity

We were unhappy together, but our love was bigger than our misery. We spent fifty years mocking the temptation to leave each other by saying “After this winter, we will separate, we will find new lovers, and after a while come back towards each other as good old friends, without bitterness nor remorse, we will …

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The hyena

She knew that I would do anything for her, that my love and obedience were limitless. We used to live in the country side back then, as she had all these strange ideas about personal development and reconnection to nature. We even had a small garden, mind you, we cultivated mostly flowers, but also some …

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This silly dress

How strange to enter a cathedral late at night (because you heard trumpet music wildly magnified by the arches) just to find a lover from eight years before waiting there. What can you say then, surrounded by the melodic screams of the ten trumpets forming the unknown band? “I never expected to see you wearing …

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Dragon Dormant

One winter evening when I was living in Stockholm, at around 5PM when the infinite night was already well settled, I was reading in my little room I was renting in a Jesuit residency on the island of Lidingö. I was quite happy there; the house was warm and at a walking distance from a …

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A foreign city

The sound of rain was turning the sky black. In that foreign city, women with umbrellas and transparent raincoats walked around in closed groups of three or four, each closely followed by a menacing yet disgraced man. Exotic birds screamed in large cages adorning old terraces. Unknown domestic odours attacked me from all the kitchens …

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Twelve shells

Once my lover wanted to surprise me pleasantly with his musical skills, and invited me for a walk on the beach. The sky was low and heavy with thunders, but we didn’t feel menaced by the approaching storm, and it wasn’t yet raining. The air was warm and smelling like seaweed, the tide was not …

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Geometries

When I was in school, mathematics, and especially geometry, fascinated me. It was a difficult subject, and I wasn’t good at it (though, in retrospect, of course I wasn’t, compared to my classmates, out of whom one went on to teach Ordinary Differential Equations at Princeton, and another works as a statistician for Microsoft) and …

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Cold winter

My bones are filled with cold white foam, as in winter my flat is so cold. Maybe it’s because the street I live on is rainier than all the other streets in this city. Today I met a beautiful woman with a long scar descending from the base of her neck down to her chest, …

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Accusations

The Fox-Spirit entered my sleep like rain. She was wearing a night gown the colour of summer sky and silk flowers in her hair. I welcomed her because I had been waiting for her for some weeks already, “where have you been, I asked, while I was lost and doubting? what if you came too …

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Sad smile

Look, she says, big fish the color of wind swim against the tide, towards the chilly lakes: let’s sit by the riverside, holding hands, glowing from the inside. Look, the hot air is fragrant with rosemary, and it rushes towards the mountains, before night falls: let’s cover our eyes with rose petals and honor our …

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