By M.E. Brines
Copyright 2011 by M.E. Brines
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Blood on the face in the mirror tells a man it’s time to change razor blades. Blood on her sheets tells a girl she’s become a woman.
Blood is what gives you that panicky feeling when you feel wetness and your hand comes away stained red.
Blood can often bring back unpleasant memories: the coppery taste of a split lip from a fight in sixth grade. That sluggish drip down the back of your throat from the nosebleed that just won’t quit. The tackiness of hands coated in blood as it clots and dries.
Blood influences us in every area of life and has for millennia been a decisive factor in history and culture. Its effects range from the mundane to the cosmic, far beyond its prevalence in horror movies and literature.