Silence

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Silence

Our conversation today:
a sun baked Roman aqueduct
dried up, no water.

In the bathroom,
brown sacking hangs
ragged on leaking pipes.

Our words are lifeless kites,
earthbound,
too heavy to rise.

Each sentence fills
with wasted movements
of lips, tongue, jaws and teeth

Enormous
barbed wire barriers
have grown between us.

Words and thoughts
hang like washing
pegged out on a windless day.

Dead soldiers
gone over the top,
their uniforms flapping
on unbroken wire.

7 thoughts on “Silence

  1. Thanks, Tanya. I rewrote it three times this morning. I also changed it twice after posting it. There’s something about seeing it here in public that allows me to rethink and correct mistakes and flaws. I seem to be able to see it more objectively, somehow. Difficult to explain.

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