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Damien Becker

Australia

Damien Becker is a disabled writer, community development worker and the current NSW Poetry Slam Champion. He lives with cystic fibrosis and is a double-lung transplant recipient. 

The sound of crickets

.   ..         Listen:     I  

    - . a p o l o g i s e

   

    for the awkward silence...  '

  .        but         

                          I     :.

    love the sound of crickets,   . ; 

                   .'

     their wingtips    singing hymns

 . .   to exis  t ence . ,

 

    bearing   quiet 

                ,  .    witness

to                

           ‘^

               t h e        wisdom 

    (in)between  scenes---

 

 streaming [echoes of] requiems

    to  de ceased trees,’

                                `,.

that             ‘ …                      dreaded

sound 

of                     *crickets*

 

the-muted-newsfeeds-redacted-front-

page-leads-of-cripple-communion-

deaded-by-their-patron-saints-partners-

parents-carers-embedded-system-failures,

                            /

                           +

, the voices of  p o e  t s who  can’t

 

                 B              the stage

            M                .  

         I                       ;

    L                          ,‘

C                            -~

       `‘, 

              thin reed throats

.             tin whistle notes

            bodies locked safe       ‘

         ,     secret keepers             . 

                   protected  ,

                                      ;

        til                         ,’

  ( )     silence             `.

                     is louder than its absence

    „

   the sound of so many crickets , . ‘ '

     -  ~

     you can’t hear anything e l s e.

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