Stories from Refuge – 47 – “Because it will let us forget what we wish to.”

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Refuge: an underground city built to save people from an apocalyptic world. But how will its people save themselves? Read the stories in any order, or start with the introduction at part 1.

Reconciliation Council report B-42, submitted from Section 5 South

F.Y. 100.9.5

Memory is written in the body –
the fear that presses down the shoulders
the lungs irritated by chemical-burned air
the hairline scars in bones fractured by metal hands
It remembers when we wish not to:
dreams haunted by thoughts we did not put into our minds
nerves strung breaking-tight, until fear translates to anger
and bursts out of us in an unextinguishable fire
This, this we might turn our minds to
this fire searing us from inside our eyes
this will to fight, this drive forward
Because it will let us forget what we wish to.
But still we walk with shoulders pressed down
because the body remembers

Indira Kan

©2017 Michelle M. Welch

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