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“There is a moment just before performing a big drop on fabric that whispers “You could die”. I often answer “Excellent” and all at once surrender myself to gravity…

 

I’m falling.

 

I unravel every wrap that took such care to create, years of training and tears to perfect. Each twist and turn I strike a new pose as I fall. My soul whimpers, terrified “You’re dying”.  My brain roars with ecstasy as I near the end …

 

I’m flying.

 

But truth be told…when the lock of fabric I tied so delicately around my thigh tightens, jolting me to a stop…  I’m absolutely intoxicated with bliss that I’m alive.

 

Maddening, joyous bliss.”

 

– Marina Petrano

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