Monthly Archives: October 2008

The Bride Stripped Bare – Anonymous first then Nikki Gemmell


“And all that’s left is rawness, too deep for tears.”

“You push his face towards you. He’s surprised at the boldness, he wants his back back but you hold him firm for you’re remembering walking down the aisle and looking ahead to him and your heart swelling with love like an old dried sponge that’s been dropped into a bath.”

“You always loved people like that: heart lifters, not heart sinkers.”

“That night Cole slips into your bed and curves his body in a question mark around your back.”

“It’s as if you’ve never felt pleasure until now. It’s as if what passed as pleasure before was a cardboard cut-out of it. For you’ve never been in control, until now; you’ve never been before, had exactly what you want.”


Sky Burial – Xinran


 Sky burial: a traditional Tibetan funeral ritual in which the corpse is exposed to the open air to be eaten by sacred vultures.

‘She felt as if she had entered a fairyland where a thousand years in the outside world passed in a single day.’

“War gives you no time to study and no chance to adapt.”

“There is a Tibetan saying: “Yak butter is more lasting possession than a son.” This is because a yak belongs to a family alone, but a son can easily be taken away to a monastery.”

“Wen knew that, in the months and years to come, at all times and in all places, she would be like a kite, connected by an invisible thread to Mount Anyemaqen.”

“Om mani padme hum.”