Saturday, November 01, 2008

The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears

There are those who wake each morning ready to conquer the day, and then there are those of us who wake only because we have to. We live in the shadows of every neighborhood. We own corner stores, live in run-down apartments that get too little light, and walk the same streets day after day. We spend our afternoons gazing lazily out of windows. Somnambulists, all of us. Someone else said it better: we wake to sleep and sleep to wake.

from The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears
by Dinaw Mengestu
Riverhead Books, 2007

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