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Prospect NSW (For Anita Cobby)

 The hushed dark hugs the streets.
Somewhere a cat snaps the silence.
Dogs begin to bark, like a pack moving in for the kill.
Women shrink in their homes.
Shadows slip through the night and stars dim their lights as cars flash past.
When they disappear, silence, heavy as hate, descends.
Hours stretch like elastic that finally snaps.
Dawn spreads its stain over the sky.
Seven years later young women walk again through lonely streets.
Screams taunt only those who remember.
*first published Northern Perspective Vol 17 no 2 – 1994 This poem was included as part of the exhibition in memory of Anita Cobby held at Q theatre in Penrith 2003

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