PRESENCE

“Circe”, he says, “it will be all right”.
It is not the saying of an oracle or a prophet. … He does not mean that it does not hurt. He does not mean that we are not frightened. Only that: we are here. This is what it means to swim in the tide, to walk the earth and feel it touch your feet. This is what is means to be alive.”
MADELINE MILLER, Circe

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