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“HOW TO BE BRAVE” by ishani jasmin.

3 poems by Ishani Jasmin, take a step back – and listen: how to be a monument, with light. take a step back – and listen: where is home without a mother tongue? take a step back – and listen: children takeoff. Artwork by Ishani Jasmin. Material from http://ishanijasmin.com/, with permission from Jasmin, or sent directly to Tunnel. HOW TO BE BRAVE: Lie on the floor and bathe in the dark of winter – sit on the windowsill above the radiator. The wood is cold, but you are white hot, and your spine will curve into an archway. You will be a monument – towering and covered in ivy. You will be made of stone. You will be untouchable. Build walls around walls and take a sledgehammer to all but one – you only need one. Your skin will keep the rain out. You don’t need more than that. You have turned thick, brown and purple trying to harden yourself, but you don’t have to. Let yourself crack open – that’s how the light gets in. …