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A man is playing a sad song
on a violin in my head
and I’m waiting for him
to get to a crescendo
so I could
get carried away
and overflow
anything
that could assist
in shaking me out
of this numbness
this unwanted
suspended state
of refusing to feel
let me cry,
please
I have time, I’m not busy
I have time, I’m young enough
don’t let me grow old
let this pain
not take root
in my impressionable soul
let me spit out
the bad seeds
I can’t smile about this
tomorrow
if I don’t cry about it
today
.

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“Twenty Six Strings” by photographer Hugh Chaloner
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