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Monday, 23 September 2013 21:07

Plague

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There is a big black X
scrawled in the sky
above the block we live in.


Apartment: 7
Block: 3
It means: Bring out your dead.

But today is the Sabbath.
We cannot bring out the dead
until this day of rest is over.

We sit. We stand
at the window watching
the street below, dogs

sniffing for leftovers
from Saturday lunch,
candy wrappers drifting

onto the sidewalk,
nudged by the wind.
We could have kept you

alive, could have punched
a hole in your throat
to breathe but we let


go and now the body
cools more slowly than
we could have imagined.
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