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Julia Copus – Extract from ‘This Silence Between Us’

In Uncategorized on January 5, 2015 at 8:02 pm

This silence that lays between us like a body
that long ago gave up responding to pain,
still less to light (which is pain’s opposite),
that cannot hear and cannot be awakened,
that is, in fact, incontinent and catatonic,
but nonetheless demands to be sat beside
and talked to, prayed for, cried over, whose limbs
and torso must be gently sponged, forehead
smoothed, even in the dead of night –
especially in the dead of night – this silence,
how long do you suppose it can continue?

Extract from ‘This Silence Between Us’ in Julia Copus’ collection The World’s Two Smallest Humans

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