A SERIES OF MISUNDERSTANDINGS About blood: it’s only one means of being alive. Every living cognitive doesn’t have or use it to transport nutrients & oxygen. Sometimes creatures use alternative systems. This means there are ways of being alive that look nothing like the somatic supposition opposite death. To be dead is something else altogether. Blood is not always red. Sometimes, in these othered living cognitives it is blue. Like in some species of octopus. Which is to say that blue blood is not the antithesis to the lowly regular’ed red blood & blue blood is not ascendant. Nor should be. First blood announces a girl body’s readiness to make more bodies, except when it’s not. This is when blood is shed from her womb, zealous as a changing tide, since there is no need to shuttle nutrients & oxygen. Other mammals absorb the unused tissue which is, apparently, another way of bleeding. For dogs who release at least something ferrous & in intervals, the primitive longing that prompts the discharge may happen twice a year. A lioness in estrous may fulfill her need over 100 times a day with multiple partners at approximate intervals of 17 minutes. Which may mean loving & being loved can feel nothing or exactly like need. Green Mountains Review Volume 32.2
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there are ways of being alive that look nothing
like the somatic supposition opposite death.
To be dead is something else altogether.
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