I like the feeling of rope pressing into my skin. I like the beauty, the art. I like the anticipation that builds in me as he methodically ties. I like the way I hold my breath. I like the way he steps back and studies me. And I love the marks it leaves, fleeting as they are.
I don’t want to be just another ‘Hello’, or “How’s your day?”
Like you’re speaking cordially to an acquaintance, friend or stranger.
I want to feel the emotion behind your words.
Talk to me like you would no other.
Make me feel as if you’ve missed me as the desert misses the rain.
Let me know I’m the only person who can brighten your day.
Tell me your day is better because I exist.
That I capture your thoughts.
That’s what I wish for.
To not be ordinary, to not be just someone else.
To know that I belong to you, and you belong to me.
That’s what I want to feel.
The impassable Iron Gate Dam is the end of the line for upstream migrating salmon and steelhead on the Klamath River. Poor water quality in the reservoir and a destructive fish hatchery add to the environmental degradation of the fishery and entire ecosystem. photo: Stoecker Ecological
Premiering in under two weeks at SXSW, DamNation exposes the hidden costs of the 80,000 dams blocking American rivers and the movement to take some of them out.
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