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Monday, 01 June 2015 11:29

The Silence

Today as she was swept off to school
I teetered like a forward slash.

Every afternoon
I ache for silence.
Every afternoon
as she sings,
cries, tosses toys / Yet
                                   in the pin-drop void
                                   of morning
                                   I miss her
                                   and the chubby noise that
                                   trails in her wake.
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Louella Sullivan

Louella Sullivan learned to type poems one-handed whilst bouncing small babies on her lap. She did an MA in Creative Writing at Rhodes in 2014 where she completed her thesis Bitten under Robert Berold. She is a Drama, History and English teacher as well as a part-time lecturer at Rhodes University. She has been published in Aerodrome, New Contrast, New Coin and Itch. Her poems have been described as "polished, poised and vivid". In 2016, her poem "Refugee" was longlisted for the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award.

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