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Something fell. How could a sound so loud
have been a dream? Yet how could a sound
so loud have left a silence thick as this?
There is so little sound you might be deaf.

You say, "hello," softly, to the dark.
You hear your voice clearly through the air.
The lighted clock says four A.M.
Did something fall? It could have been a dream.

It may have been the picture in the hall.
Why did you hang it with a single nail?
Or was it something not so near as that,
whose size and mass you cannot say?

Was it here in the city, a block away,
a mile? There would be sirens, surely.
Or was it something both near and far -
did a world slip down a stair,

from one step to the one below?
Whose was it, then? Or was it yours alone?
In the morning you will know.
It was not a dream. Something fell.
Inspired by a regular apocalypse by Hanan :iconpartiallyhere:

The image above the text is Hanan's and is used by her kind permission.

We published Unlike Things Must Meet in early 2011. Our continuing collaboration is A brave unbodied scheme.

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fractalhead Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
nice work
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
thanks so much!
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
you are most welcome
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7markus7 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
´did a world slip down a stair ´ , i think that´s the sentence that connect´s your poem to Hanan´s photograph here . The poem is long , wandering , reflecting the thoughts of worried sleeper awakened in the middle of the night . With the final five lines the words and the picture are spun to reflect the general insecurity that can be felt by anybody , anywhere . In the picture the buildings lose their base , there is no ground to be seen , they could be toppling to infinity , on a metaphysical fall ..
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
thank you for the careful reading and thoughtful comment. that is exactly how the poem works. and the break between stanzas four and five, with one sentence "dropping" from one into the next, is part of the effect too.
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hibou-au-chocolat Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Traditional Artist
Hi Anna - thank you very much!
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hibou-au-chocolat Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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partiallyHere Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
proud to inspire :heart:

and Richard, i shiver, i am there. disturbing and then a sense of serene knowledge.

( i should practice more on my commenting skills :lol: i'm a little confused, as you can see )
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
oh that's fine :D

in fact it's great :heart:

and good afternoon, dear, what a pleasure to see your comments when i first log on! i have to take one of the cats to the vet for a shot, i will reply to everything when i return :blowkiss:
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m-lucia Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
this is touching...
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012   Traditional Artist
thank you, Lúcia :heart:
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Markus43 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ignorance will not do

there is a pain, a reluctance to see things
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011   Traditional Artist
so very true. and the pain/learning/truth intersection is so complicated. you can drive into it thinking you know what you're doing and then get totally confused and just sit there.

to be less metaphoric - there are big unpleasant truths people hide from; but not everyone who says "this is going to hurt you" is telling the truth. got to learn to welcome truth even with some pain, but not to welcome pain itself as if it always told the truth. hope i'm making sense.
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Markus43 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
complete sense
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hoaxeye Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. I'm speechless. The world has indeed slipped. And continues to slip away. Thank you both.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
You're hearing what I'm saying here. You're welcome and thanks very much from both of us. It's evident but I want to acknowledge, I would never get to these poems without Hanan's work. What a great artistic partner.
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hoaxeye Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You are both very welcome.
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alisinwonder Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
A wonderful poem AND image, Richard :heart: "Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered, am I?"

(and how i miss hanan here at dA :-( )
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you, Hanne, on behalf of both of us :aww:

That is a great song allusion :nod:

Hanan is missed greatly. I am staying hopeful about her return :pray:
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alisinwonder Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
:) :pray:
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djailledie Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
For those people who have heard the war, this kind of dream not only once was the reality, but must also come very often!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011   Traditional Artist
Indeed - wars end and their effects go on and on and on.
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scheinbar Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
featured here:
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and in my journal in the next days...
hope you like it :heart:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
:aww:
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hogret Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Captures so well that middle-of-the-night dark formless angst
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011   Traditional Artist
Anything could have happened, it's quite a feeling. Thanks!
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blame-the-messenger Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
beautiful, it is so silent, so meditative.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011   Traditional Artist
hi Manon, thank you very much :aww:
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hummbuzz Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
did a world slip down a stair?
...a tear :liquisoft:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks, Yvette. mm-hmm. It's the way things seem lately.
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Piarvi-Recherreen Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
so much emotion, here ...
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011   Traditional Artist
feeling and form together :nod:
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mehrmeer Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Beautiful, Richard :heart: Somehow it feels like a familiar thought for me these days - it's great to see/read it "together".
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011   Traditional Artist
:aww: Thanks very much, Nóra.
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Colornote Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Seems to kind of ramble, but then the last line makes it concrete and it clicks into place. Talk about a poem pivoting on one word!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks! Mm-hm, it's a nice effect to pull off when you have the right word.
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riparii Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Dense and portentous as the night.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011   Writer
Amazing; beautiful. I love this.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Awwww! Thank you very much :heart:
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beeinthebottle Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011   Writer
I wish I could make erudite comments, as you do. :D I just know when I like something. Like this one. A whole lot. :heart:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011   Traditional Artist
Oh that's perfectly all right! And I can't find much to say but "thanks" when I get such great compliments :) Very truly appreciated :aww::hug:
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