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  • newspapers record events
    in our lives

    when Jessie was born
    her name was in the newspaper
    and yet who were we telling
    those who were friends
    already knew

    when Jessie was born, I thought
    how can the rest of the world
    go on as normal
    something so wonderful
    so extraordinary has happened
    and yet she appeared with
    ten other babies
    just across from the for sale column

    and when Leonie died
    it was so far away
    that it didn’t really hit
    till i saw it in the paper
    but the world didn’t stop
    it went on regardless
    and the next column
    told of tomorrow’s race meeting
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