The kind you’re born with, the kind you choose, the kind that teach Catholic school
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Leslie P. Shaver teaches creative writing at North Cross School in Roanoke, Virginia.
She never talked to any of them — neither the rocks nor the creek, the roots nor the leaves, nor even the birds perching overhead. Words killed living things, fixed them forever as solid matter. Nothing was solid here, as long as she didn’t breathe a word.