reclamation

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i hear them speak of reclamation

of things

of people

of themselves

and in a little while

a brittle smile

breaks away

at the corners of lips

that remain shut

as i begin to think about

the whereabouts

in which they

frantically search

for all these things

that already left

 

© Hudson Biko

Photograph: Pan Xiaozhen