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Distant voice

By Shiva Shajii
November 20, 2002
The Iranian

My mother is
a distant voice
that travels across the blue
through a thin electric wire
and gently scratches my stomach.

My mother is
that I swallow
word by word
letter by letter
savoring the punctuations in between,

So far away,
on the other end of the thin line
made of broken sounds,
my mother is

-- Palo Alto
October 15, 2002

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