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Quietus (for Claire) w13 October 2012

I detested the silences
where you couldn't go
never went with me

but I couldn't follow
your chain of quiet
leading nowhere

I could fit almost any
sequence onto the
fingerboard. You couldn't

but you always knew
how to be mute, a skill
in itself, within limits

I loved the holes and the
spaces, listening to the
breathing of each note

but your instrument
stayed mostly in its case
until the inevitable coda

 

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