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Anxious Girl

March 9, 2021
By Cathy_Shang GOLD, Shanghai, Other
Cathy_Shang GOLD, Shanghai, Other
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There are callouses
on the tips of my every finger.

hands aren’t calloused from burdens of rough work.

hands callous from the burdens of the heart.

The author's comments:

Even as a child in primary school, my nails were always bitten down to its beds and until they bled. It seemed so unnatural that a child’s hands could be so rough and calloused, and I was often asked what work I was doing at my age. The answer was simply: I wasn’t. My hands had always just been
a product of anxiety; the preoccupation to distract from the next inevitable schoolyard-bully.

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