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What the tortoise said

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The desert tortoise floats serenely in the rock pool, soaking and basking.  It is solid as a rock, buoyant as a boat.  It lives as it always did, not knowing it is on the edge where space shrinks to a point, and time collapses on itself. I would speak to those bright green eyes, but am ashamed to meet its gaze. It says nothing. —Norman Epstein

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