Beyond the Many Mouths

Music: Fugue in Eb Major.
By Dimitri Shostakovich. Sequenced by J. Marques.

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Nicholas Gordon

Beyond the many mouths
Of the imagination,
Or dreams,
Which give us words,
Is numbness
Like a wind
Through icy branches,
Or the dead center
Of what we know.
In a stillness
That whispers,
A silence
That rustles
Like dead leaves,
Clacking like branches
In the night,
In the darkness burning,
We cannot look
Upon others
Without compassion,
Or upon ourselves
Without fear.

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