Patti läser ur The Coral Sea

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Just nu ställer Patti ut på Contemporary Arts Center i Cincinnati. Önskar att vi stod varandra närmre hon och jag, geografiskt…
Bland annat visas hennes handskrivna manus till boken ”The Coral Sea”. Utställningen invigdes med att Patti läste dikten ”Reflecting Robert”, här är en ljudinspelning som Brainpickings delar med sig av:

Här är bokens inledande och finfina förord:

The first time I saw Robert he was sleeping. I stood over him, this boy of twenty,who sensing my presence opened his eyes and smiled. With few words he became my friend, my compeer, my beloved adventure.

When he became ill I wept and could not stop weeping. He scolded me for that, not with words but with a simple look of reproach, and I ceased.

When I saw him last we sat in silence and he rested his head on my shoulder. I watched the light changing over his hands, over his work, and over the whole of our lives. Later, returning to his bed, we said goodbye. But as I was leaving something stopped me and I went back to his room. He was sleeping. I stood over him, a dying man, who sensing my presence opened his yes and smiled.

When he passed away I could not weep so I wrote. Then I took the pages and set them away. Here are those pages, my farewell to my friend, my adventure, my unfettered joy.

 

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