THE HOUR PAST MIDNIGHT
...Before this too, your children, perhaps, were born in many places, to many others; you may be proud you bear no traces of their birth
But what must I do? These birthmarks cannot be repaired, any more than my own decline – this body isn’t paper to cut and paste together – or restore.
Extracted from The Hour Past Midnight, by Salma, translated by Lakshmi Holmstrom