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De Waal Venter

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One day she will stay


Jut the two of us

are here,

the night and I.


She breathes without sound,

I hear my heart in my ears.


The night is doing something

that I don’t know about.


I will hold my hand

in my hand.


She talks softly

to the driver of a truck

very far from me.


I look at the slit

between the curtains

that she is holding open.


She is talking to herself

in the first language

of humankind,

yet I understand her,

it is also my language

which I remember

when she is here.


She is saying:

I will go eventually,

but I will be back.

I will always come back

and one day

I will stay.


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