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You must be very tired You must be very tired
by Abigail George
2018-03-18 09:13:13
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You must be very tired
(for Caroline and Gerda)

    (He sleeps the sleep of an addict).
    (He sleeps the sleep of an addict).
    (He sleeps the sleep of an addict).

tired01_400And one day, they’ll call it ‘the dagga syndrome’.

    (He sleeps the sleep of an alcoholic).
    (He sleeps the sleep of an alcoholic).
    (He sleeps the sleep of an alcoholic).

    All drugged up.
All drugged out. And I wonder when, if ever,

    he’ll find peace
of mind. When he’ll stop lying. Lying to himself,

    most of all.
His denial is tearing us apart as a family unit.

    Once, he was my mother’s
    golden boy. Still is, in some
    ways. His path was a golden
    way. No cobblestones to hurt his
    feet. In youth, my brother and
I were comrades in winter-winter-winter.

    Now his mood is winter.
    A branch covered in snow.
    Veins made out of ice and
    beer. I am the barefoot girl
    in summer. We take his son
    to the beach and pretend
    that everything is alright, when it isn’t and from far away, the water is still and cool.

    Now he sleeps the sleep of the dead.
    Only waking up to drink and to roll
    a joint and I am slowly learning to pay attention.
    To the ghost in the room that is with
    us. I am slowly learning to give up
    the ghost. The ghost of everything past.


   
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