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The Man Who Lives in Silence

by Anthony Edwards


The man
who lives in silence
is clothed in mystery
his suit
his boots
say nothing
about him

The man
who lives in silence
herds his cattle from his car
his wave
his face
say nothing
about him

The man
who lives in silence
absorbs the gestures of his neighbours
the black hole
of his blankness
holds a secret threat
to all who would
say hello

The man
who lives in silence
trails an emptiness behind him
that shifts the ground at your feet


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Taken from ‘This is Where We Came In’ (1992), page 20.

 


Anthony Edwards
 


Phil Gaston