But for this outward, physical shell, who are they? Who are WE?
They are book covers of fiction, comedy, drama, dreams; happenstance, pain, self-destruction; images of effort, knowledge, laughter, tears, creation.
We are living shells on this beach called earth, waiting to be plucked and held to someone's ear, listening for the sound of the sea.
These are stories often told, but longing to be read again. Who are we to recoil from their telling, and judge the artist's rendering?
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