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I am not like them. I am old, hunched, and crippled. My neighbour’s shadows are false. MUTTERS [looking down]: What will be in my soup now that my cabbage has been stolen? 36 GRANDMOTHER’S CORPSE Sarajevo is an open casket and like my grandmother’s corpse they’re dressing up the parliament building. Soon there will be pulleys, scaffolding, and men working on it like they did my grandmother’s dress and hair. Soon it will rest with its mouth sewn shut, a reflection, cold and dead, of what had been.
I’ve watched cows and mules limp by for the last half-hour. I ordered rum and cigarettes and now sit watching an old woman struggling with a flower arrangement twice as big as she is. Two hours ago, I was in that same cemetery taking photographs of graves and burnt crosses piled upon each other, like those who couldn’t find shelter in Armero. I saw the bleakest of portraits — humidity can twist any smile into a scowl. I found the rain -stained letters of the living taped to headstones. They were too faded, and my Spanish too limited, for me to read.
I’ll say to the judge . . [spits] THINKS: I can roll a cigarette out of thin air, but look into my eyes, they are not fathomless, there is no magic. No one knows the ghosts that build this volatility in me — my ability to stand up in nothing, see beyond nothing. I am not like them. I am old, hunched, and crippled. My neighbour’s shadows are false. MUTTERS [looking down]: What will be in my soup now that my cabbage has been stolen? 36 GRANDMOTHER’S CORPSE Sarajevo is an open casket and like my grandmother’s corpse they’re dressing up the parliament building.