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had the gods said
your life for your unborn child's
I would have given
but they never asked me
nor answered my silent prayers


space Sonam Chhoki - Bhutan
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wasted breath
thinking of things
beyond control
            I recollect
father's constant whistling


space Kala Ramesh - India
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how little
we matter in life
how small our voices
compared to the west wind
the crash of sea waves


space Joy McCall - UK
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at my mother's house
her stiff-legged dog follows me
from room to room:
empty chair, silent cane,
broken routines


space Pat Tompkins - USA
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dad's number
still in my mobile contacts
i can't bring myself
to delete it
so much i'd like to say


space Simon Hanson - Australia
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