I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Jari Chevalier is a writer and visual artist living in northern Vermont. She is the featured artist in the forthcoming issue of Artful Dodge, and her writing has appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Green Mountains Review, and Ploughshares.
If we focus on people who are using opiates . . . we can say there’s an upsetting, awful addiction problem with them, over there, and deal with it in a prohibitive manner. In this way we minimize our vast social problems.