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REVERBERATING BODIES by Jamey Gallagher

! Held still, we listened to the sounds of everything. The very slightest sound reverberated long. Sound is touch. It’s the body that hears. We lived in the country because of sound. The scratching of the dog’s nails against its flank, crickets, children in other homes shouting, frogs we never see. Children still occasionally live in their natural habitat. Your womb was damaged. I didn’t mind. Sometimes, though, you did. ! She did drugs, I didn’t. It’s an old story. Maybe it’s not. I’ve never heard the story told. I watched the needle slip between her toes. I watched her eyes rattle backwards. Still, we listened to sound. We heard flakes of snow land, a softly crystallizing clump, so tiny, minute, something you could hold in your hand, between two fingers, something you could smear across your fingertips. She stared for hours. I wanted to slap her. I did slap her once or twice but she just looked at me. ! Why did we live in the country? There’s nothing out here for us. We were starved for culture. We listened to the poetry of our own body, our blood. We could hear our skin drying. But, listen, at least half of our lives was unlimited joy. We were people who could just sit and think. We were the axes of the universe. We took too many animals into our home. They gave us a sense of embodied existence. A cat doesn’t need to do anything but be cat. Their paws padded on the wooden stairs. We lay listening to them. They seemed like parts of ourselves, out foraging, hunting. " Our bodies were tuning forks, reverberating bowls. After you died I played your rib cage, your skull, chopsticks digging sound out from beneath the surface. I pictured you rippling across the surface of a lake, all those intertwining circles, going out and out.

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