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I wanted to write something worthy
of Don McKellar
but I lost my voice
somewhere between 1996
and this very moment
this very moment
this very moment
somewhere
between the wanting and the doing
between the waking and the page
between the working and the 9 to 5
there fell a silence
and a distance
from words
and I was
hushed.

I wanted to say something worthy
of Jane Siberry
but I lost my nerve
somewhere between the bare linoleum floor of 17
and this very moment
this very moment
this very moment
somewhere
between the stockings and the carpet
between the branches and the leaves
between the technology and the passion
there fell a silence
and a weight
in my throat
and I was
hushed.

I wanted to build something worthy
of Joseph Cornell
but I lost my sight
somewhere between the image of my incubus
and this very moment
this very moment
this very moment
somewhere
between the wisdom and the fingers
between the meaning and the reconstruction
between the object and the longing
there fell a silence
and a stillness
in my hands
and I was
hushed
and I was
hushed
and I was
hushed
and I was …

l.t. dougherty 2007

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