What is a cold-blooded animal? One that is dependant upon the outer world
to regulate its warmth. So cold-bloodedness is intricately bound up with
vulnerability and one's immediate reaction to the environment.
What of iguanas?
Do they rely upon others to provoke emotion within themselves?
My father and I would lie in the sun, the sun parching us into an itchy
leather, the blood flushing into the dark maroon birthmark we sported on
our left shoulder, draining the color from our hair. Glassy greyish sandchiggers
would circulate about us, wriggling into the dirt, skittering across us.
Wystan and Marilyn would peer at us from within the house as they walked
from room to room, attempting to find the coolest mats, the coldest drink,
the largest hat and fan.
They were transparent, convalescent: I told my father that they had the
blue veins and we had the arteries which, my father assured me, were red
because they were iron rich with oxygen.
I know a joke about blood, he says,why don't men trust women?
I don't know, I say.
He smiles then says, Would you trust anything that bled for five
days and didn't die?
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