Natural Blood





I wandered forth into the world with nothing, and with a few very transparent epithelium scales I will go out of it; but not before I have drawn blood. And like the slain that lie in the grass, being fallen asleep, accidentally disclose that they had borne children whose eyes never opened I would possess a lesser place, and drive out the air, and fall upon the motion of those things, which being alive, do leap with violence to their former figure and vanish without speaking. I would come to that substance whose nature it is to move, whose limbs should start spasmodically from the flourish of a whip after having been subject to snapping motions which resemble the bitings of a dog. And if the animal sleeps with it eyes and mouth half open, some evolution of transformed nebulae will favour a certain range of resolving powers natural to animal bodies, and so arranged that the access to air is limited, only so much as to possess the living principle. A very small quantity of blood will preserve this harmony a great deal more. Latent sympathies are aroused, and the mind takes cognisance of them. And being so carefully fastened up with clusters of velvet ribbon it gives a sudden jerk, by which the heart is erected and raises itself up into a point, and strikes the chest with more than normal force.

Titles taken from the book, Natural Blood.

1. I fell upon the wound, and all the blood gushed with violence
    into the ruins and cripples of the womb
2. Unravelling my mittens while the ladies look on
3. A female may be divided, cut up, and reduced to insensible parts
4. Fatal tendency to die
5. God is sometimes kinetic
6. Let her occupy herself a little with me
7. Natural blood
8. In her secret retirements, she had men among the horrors