I live in a place where it feels like visiting hours are always over. A blueish light from someone else’s tv flickers through the hallway, in through the doorway left ajar. The sheet and blanket are not quite warm enough to keep the chill from your bones after the sun has gone down. The experts used to stop by to extract blood, suggests tests, to cut, remove, and transplant. These days they look at the chart, shake their heads, and talk amongst themselves, never asking how I feel or what I want. I want to be left alone but I don’t want to be alone. Lost in thought, I had not noticed the change in the room. A bouquet of flowers had been placed on the table by the side of the bed. I lifted the card to read it. The light coming in from the street was just bright enough for me to make out the words. The note said, We are your flowers Breathe in the fragrance Drink in the color Let it surround you We are in your dreams And we are here now We see you We love you Stay beautiful My head sank into the pillow. I smiled. I am ready. The words echoed in my head as I drifted off to sleep… We see you We love you Stay beautiful
International Anthem Chicago, Illinois
International Anthem is a Chicago-born recording company that produces and promotes progressive
The IARC mission is to make positive contributions to the changing state of the music industry, and to vitalize the demand for boundary-defying music by presenting unique sounds in appealing packages to untapped audiences.
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