February 16

Byssine: made of silk; having a silky or flaxlike appearance.  Byssine: the sound of your blood as you lie on your bed with one arm hanging off the side.  The tiny, steady noise it makes as it eases past your elbow joint, its hissing thump in your ears, the glissando from hypo to hyper, the flip and switch of each heart valve, eyelashes gold, erythrocytes silver.  Icy and certain.