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October Fog

you can either wake up forcibly,
or with the world tugging at your eyelids
easing you out of bed, saying
I want to show you something
no, it can’t wait
hush, my love,
being awake is a great gift

I let the world have its way
and the dawn dresses me
in patterns of shade
and pale light.

I let the morning coldness
creep against my skin
and with it comes silence
the silence of the calm after a storm
the sound of everything sleeping,
peacefully exhausted, and me
wide awake.

I soak it up, imagine my brain, my skin
as a sponge, and I become what I absorb
which is silence – I am very, very silent
even my thoughts are mute
and I climb the stairs in quiet leaps
and I don’t breathe till I’m in the kitchen
holding a chalk-stained kettle, and
running water from a broken tap
I pick up a mug, milk, sugar
and a crack of lightning tells me
the world is waking up.

I kiss my cup and sip the tea I know is perfect,
because I know every step of every moment it took
to make it. I embrace it with sleepy fingers
stare out windows at my own reflection and what’s beyond it,
and I try to imagine a world where
an exhausted October morning, wrapped in a cloudy blanket
with a new storm gathering isn’t absolutely magical

and finding it impossible.

October Fog

Kirstine Dieckmann

Skørping, Denmark

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Artist's Description

Here’s a musical companion.

Perhaps you are familiar with the London Fog.
The October Fog is only slightly different.

Ingredients:
- earl grey tea
- a dash of milk
- two spoons of sugar (and a spoon-tip more, just to be sure)
- an early morning
- perfect silence

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