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COLLECTED POEMS


By C. K. Williams

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Copyright © 2006 C. K. Williams
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-374-12652-6

Contents

LIES [1969]
A Day for Anne Frank.............................................................3
Even If I Could..................................................................9
Saint Sex........................................................................10
The Long Naked Walk of the Dead..................................................11
In There.........................................................................12
Loss.............................................................................13
The Hard Part....................................................................14
The World's Greatest Tricycle-Rider..............................................15
The Sorrow.......................................................................16
The Man Who Owns Sleep...........................................................17
Before This......................................................................18
Dimensions.......................................................................19
To Market........................................................................20
What Is and Is Not...............................................................22
Hood.............................................................................23
On the Roof......................................................................24
It Is This Way with Men..........................................................25
Sleeping Over....................................................................26
The Other Side...................................................................29
Of What Is Past..................................................................30
Ashes Ashes We All Fail Down.....................................................31
Trappers.........................................................................32
Being Alone......................................................................33
Trash............................................................................34
Giving It Up.....................................................................35
For Gail, When I Was Five........................................................36
Don't............................................................................37
Just Right.......................................................................40
After That.......................................................................41
Ten Below........................................................................42
Tails............................................................................44
Sky, Water.......................................................................45
Downwards........................................................................46
Shells...........................................................................47
Beyond...........................................................................48
Patience Is When You Stop Waiting................................................49
Faint Praise.....................................................................50
Halves...........................................................................51
Penance..........................................................................52
It Is Teeming....................................................................53
From Now On......................................................................54
I AM THE BITTER NAME [1972]
I Am the Bitter Name.............................................................57
Keep It..........................................................................58
The Spirit the Triumph...........................................................59
Madder...........................................................................60
Poor Hope........................................................................62
Bringing It Home.................................................................63
The Little Shirt.................................................................64
Clay out of Silence..............................................................65
Innings..........................................................................66
Becoming Somebody Else...........................................................67
Hounding Mercy...................................................................68
What Did the Man Do with the Clouds?.............................................69
The Matter.......................................................................70
Refuge, Serpent-Riders...........................................................71
Flat.............................................................................72
A Poem for the Governments.......................................................73
Another Dollar...................................................................74
The Beginning of April...........................................................75
This Is a Sin....................................................................76
The Undead.......................................................................77
Then the Brother of the Wind.....................................................78
The Next to the Last Poem about God..............................................79
Acids............................................................................81
They Warned Him Then They Threw Him Away.........................................83
Ribbons..........................................................................84
The Rampage......................................................................85
The Nut..........................................................................86
Yours............................................................................87
The Nickname of Hell.............................................................88
Bad Mouth........................................................................89
This Day.........................................................................90
The Rabbit Fights for His Life The Leopard Eats Lunch............................91
Cellophane.......................................................................92
Inches...........................................................................93
The Sting........................................................................94
The Last.........................................................................96
In the Heart of the Beast........................................................97
THE LARK. THE THRUSH. THE STARLING. (POEMS FROM ISSA) [1983]
WITH IGNORANCE [1977]
The Sanctity.....................................................................117
Spit.............................................................................120
Toil.............................................................................122
The Last Deaths..................................................................124
The Race of the Flood............................................................127
Bob..............................................................................129
Bread............................................................................132
Near the Haunted Castle..........................................................134
The Cave.........................................................................136
Hog Heaven.......................................................................138
Blades...........................................................................140
Friends..........................................................................142
The Shade........................................................................144
With Ignorance...................................................................146
TAR [1983]
From My Window...................................................................157
My Mother's Lips.................................................................160
The Dog..........................................................................162
The Color of Time................................................................164
Flight...........................................................................166
The Gift.........................................................................169
On Learning of a Friend's Illness................................................171
Combat...........................................................................173
Floor............................................................................180
Waking led.......................................................................183
Neglect..........................................................................185
Still Life.......................................................................187
The Regulars.....................................................................189
Soon.............................................................................192
The Gas Station..................................................................195
Tar..............................................................................197
One of the Muses.................................................................199
FLESH AND BLOOD [1987]
I
Elms.............................................................................221
Hooks............................................................................221
Nostalgia........................................................................222
Artemis..........................................................................222
Guatemala: 1964..................................................................223
Herakles.........................................................................223
First Desires....................................................................224
The Dirty Talker: D Line, Boston.................................................224
Repression.......................................................................225
Como.............................................................................225
One Morning in Brooklyn..........................................................226
Self-Knowledge...................................................................226
Alzheimer's: The Wife............................................................227
Alzheimer's: The Husband.........................................................227
The Critic.......................................................................228
New Car..........................................................................228
Conscience.......................................................................229
Noise: Sinalunga.................................................................229
Anger............................................................................230
Even So..........................................................................230
Drought..........................................................................231
End of Drought...................................................................231
Easter...........................................................................232
Girl Meets Boy...................................................................232
Bishop Tutu's Visit to the White House: 1984.....................................233
Experience.......................................................................233
Resentment.......................................................................234
Mornings: Catherine..............................................................234
The Ladder.......................................................................235
War..............................................................................235
Greed............................................................................236
The Past.........................................................................236
Ice..............................................................................237
The Modern.......................................................................237
The Mistress.....................................................................238
The Lover........................................................................238
Religious Thought................................................................239
Carpe Diem.......................................................................239
Twins............................................................................240
The Telephone....................................................................240
Failure..........................................................................241
Crime............................................................................241
Fat..............................................................................242
Fame.............................................................................242
USOCA............................................................................243
Eight Months.....................................................................243
Junior High School Concert: Salle Rossini........................................244
The Prodigy......................................................................244
Souls............................................................................245
Regret...........................................................................245
Cowboys..........................................................................246
The Marriage.....................................................................246
Fifteen..........................................................................247
Sixteen: Tuscany.................................................................247
Thinking Thought.................................................................248
Jews.............................................................................248
Snow: I..........................................................................249
Snow: II.........................................................................249
Gardens..........................................................................250
The Star.........................................................................250
Kin..............................................................................251
Fire.............................................................................251
Dignity..........................................................................252
Fast Food........................................................................252
The Orchid.......................................................................253
The City in the Hills............................................................253
From the Next Book by (...)......................................................254
Native Americans.................................................................254
Work.............................................................................255
Gratitude........................................................................255
Will.............................................................................256
Pregnant.........................................................................256
Peace............................................................................257
Some of Us.......................................................................257
Two: Resurrections...............................................................258
Men..............................................................................258
Shame............................................................................259
On the Other Hand................................................................259
The Fountain.....................................................................260
The Latin Quarter................................................................260
Rungs............................................................................261
Normality........................................................................261
The Storm........................................................................262
Blame............................................................................262
Medusa...........................................................................263
Rush Hour........................................................................263
Philadelphia: 1978...............................................................264
Midas............................................................................264
The Park.........................................................................265
Travelers........................................................................265
Second Persons: Café de L'Abbaye.................................................266
The Lens.........................................................................266
The Body.........................................................................267
Racists..........................................................................267
The Dream........................................................................268
Dawn.............................................................................268
II
Reading: Winter..................................................................271
Reading: The Subway..............................................................271
Reading: The Bus.................................................................272
Reading: The Gym.................................................................272
Reading: The Cop.................................................................273
Reading: Early Sorrow............................................................273
Suicide: Elena...................................................................274
Suicide: Ludie...................................................................274
Suicide: Anne....................................................................275
Love: Youth......................................................................275
Love: Beginnings.................................................................276
Love: Habit......................................................................276
Love: Loss.......................................................................277
Love: Sight......................................................................277
Love: Petulance..................................................................278
Love: Intimacy...................................................................278
Love: Shyness....................................................................279
Love: Wrath......................................................................279
Love: The Dance..................................................................280
Good Mother: The Métro...........................................................280
Good Mother: The Plane...........................................................281
Good Mother: The Car.............................................................281
Good Mother: Out.................................................................282
Good Mother: The Street..........................................................282
Good Mother: The Bus.............................................................283
Good Mother: Home................................................................283
Vehicle: Conscience..............................................................284
Vehicle: Forgetting..............................................................284
Vehicle: Insecurity..............................................................285
Vehicle: Indolence...............................................................285
Vehicle: Circles.................................................................286
Vehicle: Absence.................................................................286
Vehicle: Violence................................................................287
III
Le Petit Salvié..................................................................291
A DREAM OF MIND [1992]
I
When.............................................................................305
The Vessel.......................................................................307
Allies: According to Herodotus...................................................309
Harm.............................................................................311
The Insult.......................................................................312
Child Psychology.................................................................313
Chapter Eleven...................................................................315
The Loneliness...................................................................317
Scar.............................................................................319
II SOME OF THE FORMS OF JEALOUSY
Signs............................................................................323
The Cautionary...................................................................325
Baby Talk........................................................................328
The Question.....................................................................330
Meditation.......................................................................332
Politics.........................................................................333
Pillow Talk......................................................................335
Ethics...........................................................................336
The Mirror.......................................................................337
The Call.........................................................................338
The Image........................................................................340
The Idyll........................................................................342
The Silence......................................................................343
Soliloquies......................................................................345
III
She, Though......................................................................351
IV A DREAM OF MIND
The Method.......................................................................365
Shadows..........................................................................367
Vocations........................................................................369
The Solid........................................................................371
The Charge.......................................................................373
The Crime........................................................................375
Shells...........................................................................376
Room.............................................................................377
History..........................................................................379
The Gap..........................................................................381
The Knot.........................................................................383
The Fear.........................................................................385
You..............................................................................386
To Listen........................................................................387
The Covenant.....................................................................389
Light............................................................................391
V
Helen............................................................................395
THE VIGIL [1997]
I
The Neighbor.....................................................................407
Dominion: Depression.............................................................409
Fragment.........................................................................411
The Hovel........................................................................412
My Fly...........................................................................413
Hercules, Deianira, Nessus.......................................................415
Instinct.........................................................................418
Time: 1976.......................................................................419
The Coma.........................................................................421
Proof............................................................................422
Secrets..........................................................................423
The Widower......................................................................426
Money............................................................................427
My Book, My Book.................................................................428
Time: 1975.......................................................................429
Cave.............................................................................430
Grief............................................................................431
II
Symbols..........................................................................437
1 / Wind.........................................................................437
2 / Guitar.......................................................................438
3 / Owl..........................................................................439
4 / Dog..........................................................................440
5 / Fire.........................................................................441
6 / Dawn.........................................................................442
7 / Wig..........................................................................443
8 / Garden.......................................................................444
III
Realms...........................................................................447
Storm............................................................................448
Interrogation II.................................................................450
Song.............................................................................456
Insight..........................................................................457
In Darkness......................................................................462
The Demagogue....................................................................464
The Bed..........................................................................465
The Heart........................................................................467
Exterior: Day....................................................................468
Time: 1978.......................................................................469
Hawk.............................................................................471
The Lover........................................................................473
The Game.........................................................................474
Spider Psyche....................................................................475
Grace............................................................................476
Time: 1972.......................................................................478
Villanelle of the Suicide's Mother...............................................479
Thirst...........................................................................480
Old Man..........................................................................482
REPAIR [1999]
Ice..............................................................................487
The Train........................................................................489
Archetypes.......................................................................490
After Auschwitz..................................................................491
The Dress........................................................................494
The Blow.........................................................................497
Bone.............................................................................499
Shock............................................................................500
The Poet.........................................................................502
Stone............................................................................507
Droplets.........................................................................508
Tender...........................................................................509
Risk.............................................................................510
House............................................................................511
Naked............................................................................512
Glass............................................................................513
Shoe.............................................................................514
Dream............................................................................515
The Cup..........................................................................516
Lost Wax.........................................................................518
Space............................................................................519
Tantrum..........................................................................520
Not Soul.........................................................................521
Depths...........................................................................523
Tree.............................................................................525
King.............................................................................526
Owen: Seven Days.................................................................531
Gas..............................................................................534
Last Things......................................................................535
The Lie..........................................................................536
The Nail.........................................................................537
Canal............................................................................538
The Dance........................................................................539
Biopsy...........................................................................540
The Island.......................................................................541
Dirt.............................................................................543
Swifts...........................................................................544
Invisible Mending................................................................545
THE SINGING [2003]
I
The Doe..........................................................................551
The Singing......................................................................552
Bialystok, or Lvov...............................................................554
This Happened....................................................................555
Self-Portrait with Rembrandt Self-Portrait.......................................557
Gravel...........................................................................558
Lessons..........................................................................559
Oh...............................................................................561
Narcissism.......................................................................563
Dissections......................................................................564
Scale: I.........................................................................565
Scale: II........................................................................567
Doves............................................................................568
Flamenco.........................................................................570
Inculcations.....................................................................571
Sully: Sixteen Months............................................................572
The World........................................................................573
II
Of Childhood the Dark............................................................577
III
Elegy for an Artist..............................................................587
IV
War..............................................................................599
Fear.............................................................................601
Chaos............................................................................603
The Future.......................................................................605
The Clause.......................................................................606
Leaves...........................................................................607
Night............................................................................608
In the Forest....................................................................611
The Hearth.......................................................................613
Low Relief.......................................................................616
The Tract........................................................................618
NEW POEMS
The Gaffe........................................................................625
Thrush...........................................................................627
Cows.............................................................................628
Marina...........................................................................630
Blackbird........................................................................632
Wasp.............................................................................634
On the Métro.....................................................................635
Peggy............................................................................637
Fish.............................................................................638
The Blade........................................................................639
Miniature Poodle.................................................................641
Plums............................................................................642
Rats.............................................................................644
Again............................................................................647
Frog.............................................................................649
Prisoners........................................................................651
Wood.............................................................................653
Fire.............................................................................654
We...............................................................................655
Saddening........................................................................657
Shrapnel.........................................................................659
Cassandra, Iraq..................................................................662
Ponies...........................................................................664
Index of Titles..................................................................667
Index of First Lines.............................................................673

 


Chapter One


LIES

[1969]


A Day for Anne Frank

God hates you!
-St. John Chrysostom


1.

I look onto air alley here
where, though tough weeds and flowers thrust up
through cracks and strain
toward the dulled sunlight,
there is the usual filth spilling from cans,
the heavy soot shifting in the gutters.
People come by mostly
to walk their dogs or take the shortcut
between the roaring main streets,
or just to walk
and stare up at the smoky windows,
but this morning when I looked out
children were there running back and forth
between the houses toward me.
They were playing with turtles-
skimming them down the street
like pennies or flat stones,
and bolting, shouting, after the broken corpses.
One had a harmonica, and as he ran,
his cheeks bloating and collapsing like a heart,
I could hear its bleat, and then the girls' screams
suspended behind them with their hair,
and all of them: their hard, young breath,
their feet pounding wildly on the pavement to the corner.


2.

I thought of you at that age.
Little Sister, I thought of you,
thin as a door,
and of how your thighs would have swelled
and softened like cake,
your breasts have bleached
and the new hair growing on you like song
would have stiffened and gone dark.
There was rain for a while, and then not.
Because no one came, I slept again,
and dreamed that you were here with me,
snarled on me like wire,
tangled so closely to me that we were vines
or underbrush together,
or hands clenched.


3.

They are cutting babies in half on bets.
The beautiful sergeant has enough money to drink
for a week.
The beautiful lieutenant can't stop betting.
The little boy whimpers
he'll be good.
The beautiful cook is gathering up meat
for the dogs.
The beautiful dogs
love it all.
Their flanks glisten.
They curl up in their warm kennels
and breathe.
They breathe.


4.

Little Sister,
you are a clot
in the snow,
blackened,
a chunk of phlegm
or puke
and there are men with faces
leaning over you with watercans

watering you!
in the snow, as though flowers would sprout
from your armpits
and genitals.

Little Sister,
I am afraid of the flowers sprouting from you

I am afraid of the silver petals
that crackle
of the stems darting
in the wind
of the roots


5.

The twilight rots.
Over the greasy bridges and factories,
it dissolves
and the clouds swamp in its rose
to nothing.
I think sometimes the slag heaps by the river
should be bodies
and that the pods of moral terror
men make of their flesh should split
and foam their cold, sterile seeds into the tides
like snow
or ash.


6.

Stacks of hair were there
little mountains
the gestapo children must have played in
and made love in and loved
the way children love haystacks or mountains

O God the stink
of hair oil and dandruff

their mothers must have thrown them into their tubs
like puppies and sent them to bed

coming home so filthy stinking
of jew's hair
of gold fillings, of eyelids


7.

Under me on a roof
a sparrow little by little
is being blown away.
A cage of bone is left,
part of its wings,
a stain.


8.

And in Germany the streetcar conductors go to work
in their stiff hats,
depositing workers and housewives
where they belong,
pulling the bell chains,
moving drive levers forward or back.


9.

I am saying goodbye to you before our death. Dear Father:
I am saying goodbye to you before my death. We are so
anxious to live, but all is lost-we are not allowed! I am
so afraid of this death, because little children are thrown
into graves alive. Goodbye forever.
I kiss you.



10.

Come with me, Anne.
Come,
it is awful not to be anywhere at all,
to have no one
like an old whore,
a general.

Come sit with me here
kiss me; my heart too is wounded
with forgiveness.

There is an end now.
Stay.
Your foot hooked through mine
your hand against my hand
your hip touching me lightly

it will end now
it will not begin again

Stay
they will pass
and not know us

the cold brute earth
is asleep

there is no danger

there is nothing

Anne

there is nothing


Even If I Could

Except for the little girl
making faces behind me, and the rainbow
behind her, and the school and the truck,
the only thing between you
and infinity
is me. Which is why you cover your ears
when I speak and why
you're always oozing around the edges,
clinging, trying
to go by me.

And except for my eyes and the back
of my skull, and then my hair,
the wall, the concrete
and the fire-cloud, except for them
you would see
God. And that's why rage howls in your arms
like a baby and why I can't move-
because of the thunder and the shadows
merging like oil and the smile gleaming
through the petals.

Let me tell you how sick with loneliness
I am. What can I do while the distance
throbs on my back like a hump,
or say, with stars stinging me
through the wheel? You are before me,
behind me things rattle their deaths out
like paper. The angels ride
in their soft saddles:
except for them, I would come closer
and go.


Saint Sex

there are people whose sex
keeps growing even when they're old whose
genitals swell like tumors endlessly
until they are all sex and nothing else nothing
that moves or thinks nothing
but great inward and outward handfuls of gristle

think of them men
who ooze their penises out like snail
feet whose testicles clang in their scrotums women
are like anvils to them the world an
anvil they want to take whole buildings
in their arms they want
to come in the windows to run antennas
through their ducts like ramrods and women
these poor women who dream and dream of
the flower they can't sniff it sends buds
into their brain they feel their neural
river clot with moist fingers the ganglia
hardening like ant eggs the ends
burning off

pity them these people there are no wars
for them there is no news no
summer no reason they are so humble they want
nothing they have no hands or faces
pity them at night whispering I love
you to themselves and during the day how they
walk along smiling and suffering pity;
them love them they are
angels


The Long Naked Walk of the Dead

for Arthur Atkins


As long as they trample the sad smiles of guitars
the world won't burn. The mother speaks to her daughter
and explains: it is the breath of money in the trees
that drives angels; it is the stillness from morning
to morning when the horses of life have fallen
under their traces in the street and shudder and vanish.

It is the man who meets no one who will touch us
with sharp hands that shake over the concrete
like branches. Or the songs muttering on the paths
crisscrossing the grasses. A bench leaning back.
The sweet arms of gardeners. An enemy passing
with sons and grandsons, all just soldiers.

In flesh that only moves and speaks, the players
slide out like empty trailers to the temple country.
Six hundred thousand on the mountain when it opened.
Every word of the scream, six hundred thousand faces.
The dark metal man gleaming in the talons of silence.
Halfway down in the house of suffering, it is starting.


In There

Here I am, walking along your eyelid again
toward your tear duct. Here are your eyelashes
like elephant grass and one tear
blocking the way like a boulder.

It probably takes me a long time
to figure it out, chatting with neighbors,
trying penicillin, steam baths, meditation
on the Shekinah and sonnet cycles

and then six more months blasting
with my jackhammer before I get in there
and can wander through your face, meeting you
on the sly, kissing you from this side.

I am your own personal verb now. Here I come,
"dancing," "loving," "making poems."
I find a telescope
and an old astronomer

to study my own face with,
and then, well, I am dreaming behind your cheekbone
about Bolivia and tangerines and the country
and here I come again, along your eyelid, walking.


Loss

In this day and age Lord
you are like one of those poor farmers
who burns the forests off
and murders his land and then
can't leave and goes sullen and lean
among the rusting yard junk, the scrub
and the famished stock.

Lord I have felt myself raked
into the earth like manure,
harrowed and plowed under,
but I am still enough like you
to stand on the porch
chewing a stalk or drinking
while tall weeds come up dead
and the house dogs, snapping
their chains like moths, howl
and point towards the withering
meadows at nothing.


The Hard Part

Do you remember when we dreamed about the owl
and the skeleton, and the shoe
opened and there was the angel
with his finger in the book, his smile like chocolate?

And remember? Everything that had been crushed
or burned, we changed back.
We turned the heart around
in the beginning, we closed the blossom, we let the drum go.

But you're missing now. Every night I feel us crying
together, but it's late-
the white bear and the lawyer
are locking the house up and where are you?

The wind walking, the rock turning over with worms
stuck to its haunches-
how will I know what loves me now
and what doesn't? How will I forgive you?


The World's Greatest Tricycle-Rider

The world's greatest tricycle-rider
is in my heart, riding like a wildman,
no hands, almost upside down along
the walls and over the high curbs
and stoops, his bell rapid firing,
the sun spinning in his spokes like a flame.

But he is growing older. His feet
overshoot the pedals. His teeth set
too hard against the jolts, and I am afraid
that what I've kept from him is what
tightens his fingers on the rubber grips
and drives him again and again on the same block.


The Sorrow

with huge jowls that wobble with sad o
horribly sad eyes with bristles with
clothes torn tie a rag hands trembling this
burnt man in my arms won't listen he
struggles pulls loose and is going
and I am crying again Poppa Poppa it's me Poppa
but it's not it's not me I am not
someone who with these long years will
so easily retreat I am not someone after
these torments who simply cries so
I am not so unquestionably a son or
even daughter or have I face or voice
bear with me perhaps it was me who
went away perhaps I did dream it and give
birth again it doesn't matter now I stay
in my truck now I am loaded with
fruit with cold bottles with documents
of arrest and execution Father do you
remember me? how I hid and cried to you?
how my lovely genitals were bound up?
I am too small again my voice thins my
small wrists won't hold the weight again
what is forgiven? am I forgiven again?


The Man Who Owns Sleep

The man who owns sleep
is watching the prisoners being beaten
behind the fence.
His eye pressed to the knothole,
he sees the leather curling into smiles
and snapping, he sees the intricate geography
of ruined backs,
the faces propped
open like suitcases
in the sunlight.

Who is this man
who's cornered the market
on sleeping?
He's not quite finished.
He bends over with a hand on his knee
to balance him
and from the other side they see
that clear eye in the wall
watching unblinking.
They see it has slept,

prisoners and guards: it drives them
to frenzies. The whips hiccup
and shriek. Those dead already roll over
and rub their retinas into the pebbles.
The man who owns sleep has had it.
He's tired.
Taking an ice-cream cone
from the little wagon
he yawns and licks it.
Walking away, he yawns, licking it.


Before This

we got rid of the big people
finally we took grandpa and put half
on the mack truck and half on
the bottom grandma
we locked in with her watches
mommy and daddy had to be cut apart but they
are in separate icebergs you can't
see them under
the red lid

one place or another they are all gone
and it's hard to remember
cars? furcoats? the office?
now all there are
are roomfuls of children sleeping as far
as you can see little mattresses and
between them socks balled up and
underwear and scuffed shoes
with their months open.

but how am I here? I feel
my lips move I count breaths I hear somebody
cry out MOTHER HELP ME somebody's hand
touches me peacefully across boundaries
kiss? hit? die? the blankets
harden with urine the fuzz
thins holes come
HOW AM I HERE? MOTHER
HOW AM I HERE?


Dimensions

There is a world somewhere else that is unendurable.
Those who live in it are helpless in the hands of elements,
they are like branches in the deep woods in wind
that whip their leaves off and slice the heart of the night
and sob. They are like boats bleating wearily in fog.

But here, no matter what, we know where we stand.
We know more or less what comes next. We hold out.
Sometimes a dream will shake us like little dogs, a fever
hang on so we're not ourselves or love wring us out,
but we prevail, we certify and make sure, we go on.

There is a world that uses its soldiers and widows
for flour, its orphans for building stone, its legs for pens.
In that place, eves are softened and harmless like God's
and all blend in the traffic of their tragedy and pass by
like people. And sometimes one of us, losing the way,
will drift over the border and see them there, dying,
laughing, being revived. When we come home, we are half way.
Our screams heal the torn silence. We are the scars.


Continues...

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