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A Dead Thing Lies Between Us
by Dawn Richerson
Thursday, June 24, 2004
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a dead thing lies between us –
            stench putrid, weight
            thick, insufferable,
                its state of decay

the unalterable truth is this – 
            any bond between us
            requires a reckoning
            of our sordid, 
            squalid past.

but every day becomes like –
            walking in a morgue,
            an unending episode 
            of “CSI,” only there’s 
            no resolution.  

and of the decomposing body – 
            its rancid flesh transforms
            into particles of inertia, 
            suffocating hope
            of proper burial.

grieving the dead thing – 
            our life becomes a funeral
            with unspoken eulogies,
            perpetual regret,
            loss revisited.

reaching across the remains of love – 
            we are forever tainted
            with feel of rot,
            of our love.

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Reviewed by George MacLean Akurunwa 6/24/2004
Deeply moving piece. Thanks.
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 6/24/2004
Powerfully penned - this emotional roller-coaster ride packs with it quilled perfection - super!
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 6/24/2004
Get a heavy plastic bag, and dump it down by the river.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/24/2004
An emotional well-expressed piece. Well-done.

Sandie May Angel :o)
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