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10. In Aix

In the city of fountains
You stopped on the hill
In a purple shadow, and said:
I play with paint
Like the men in the bistro
Play with cards –
Sometimes I win
Sometimes I lose.

We drank coffee by the Hotel de Ville
You were shy and precise
At four, you adjusted your clock
And went back to watching the sky
The light in the leaves was never still
Your eyes seemed to ask
Where does distance begin and end?
And I knew the yes and the no
Had cut you in two.

But later you became tranquil
You placed the fruit bowl by the window
Took an apple
And rubbed with your thumb
At the speckled skin
With this, you said,
I can say everything
It is enough.

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from A short stay in longevity, released May 25, 2013

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Simon Beavis Brighton, UK

Simon Beavis is a writer and musician based in Sussex in the UK. This is his first solo album, bringing together songs, tunes and poems written over 15 years. He has also written songs for two albums by the acoustic roots band, in cahoots.

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