don’t raise your voice an old woman warns
before she slips into the earth. silent we stand
at her graveside until free from obligation
we race to the city. my voice is muted here
amongst the bustle of breathing congealed
to one sound raised in self-flagellation for
grandeur. factories stream palls of pollution
and we have forgotten polluted smoke will
always leave a message. we trust only in the
messages we touch with our hands on glowing
screens that blur our eyes, our feet in routine
as the generations move to their own desires,
a volume increasing with need. stumbling we
return to memory of her cloud-like voice,
the weather in her every word. once more
we stand silent at her graveside. we stare
at the ground. we are listening to the earth.
Ali Cobby Eckermann
Windham-Campbell Prize winner
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