I know it's up to me to make a change. I can choose what to eat and drink, what to dress and put on my feet, I can either open the umbrella or dance in the rain. Still, I find it hard to cross the threshold. But today I said no to pain. I got out of a relationship that trapped me for years. On the first night I slept in a deserted house. I drank a glass of wine in my honour. Flowers began to fly and butterflies to spring up from the flaked off walls. I wouldn't have guessed that hell was just two blocks away from heaven.
(Translated by Andra Daiana Păuna / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)
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