17 November 2011
Once she was born
I was never not afraid:
afraid of swimming pools,
lye under the sink,
aspirin in the medicine cabinet…
rattlesnakes, riptides, landslides,
strangers who appeared at the door,
unexplained fevers, elevators without
operators and empty hotel corridors.
A paragraph in Joan Didion's Blue Nights, as quoted in the London Review of Books, 3rd November 2011. Submitted by Rishi Dastidar.