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Part Of Speech

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and when "the future" is uttered, swarms of mice rush out of the Russian language and gnaw a piece of ripened memory which is twice as hole-ridden as real cheese.
After all these years it hardly matters who or what stands in the corner, hidden by heavy drapes, and your mind resounds not with a seraphic "doh", only their rustle.
Life, that no one dares to appraise, like that gift horse's mouth, bares its teeth in a grin at each encounter.
What gets left of a man amounts to a part.
To his spoken part.
To a part of speech.

by Joseph Brodsky
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