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September 19, 2018

by Bettina, Handing the keys of yourself to a Black Hole, 2009


When did I know?

I was holding a secret beneath my tongue

Not when I grew fond of cooking shows

Not when I picked out clothes for my mom 

Carefully scraping through a bunch of drapes that looked so colourful


August 20, 2018

adapted from a previous article published in The Kathmandu Post by the same author.

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