the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

18 days

“At noon in the desert a panting lizard
waited for history, its elbows tense,
watching the curve of a particular road
as if something might happen.”

~william stafford

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even the ant walks away

“When ants of the species Temnothorax unifasciatus get sick, they abandon their nest, walking far away from their relatives to die alone.

They perform this act of heroism to prevent the illness that is killing them from spreading to the colony.”

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