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Joan Winifred lamentations of the heart

quivering ribbons of a hemorrhaging heart…

of an emotionally bleeding heart

an

inner/figurative
heart
flogged… and whipped about…(a crushed spirit and a reed bent over)

and
scourged
by
the grief..
struggling
and
suffering of the

(imperfect) human
condition…(immediate and global of the so-called small and of the so-called noble)

 

The usual instrument was a short whip (flagrum or flagellum) with several single or braided leather thongs of variable lengths, in which small iron balls or sharp pieces of sheep bones were tied at intervals… As the Roman soldiers repeatedly struck the victim’s back with full force, the iron balls would cause deep contusions, and the leather thongs and sheep bones would cut into the skin and subcutaneous tissues. Then, as the flogging continued, the lacerations would tear into the underlying skeletal muscles and produce quivering ribbons of bleeding flesh. [Dr. William D. Edwards in The Journal of American Medical Association describes the Roman practice of scourging.]

 

{No…i don’t hide/escape away in apathy or acceptance or tolerance without limits.}

 

Not numb

and

not dumb…(ing)

it

down

[i drink up the real. The excruciatingly hot and the icy cold.]

 

11:21 a.m. 9/24/17

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