"plain gold earrings: you never wore any others. i have a pair that looks exactly like yours. i never wear any others. sometimes when i hold these, it feels like you’re still here, standing behind me..."
"There were never no back-going / once it gone, it gone and no / point remembering something / no body for..." Hannah Linden's first home community in the North of the UK was demolished as part of a slum clearance programme.
"Abdullah thinks of the olive tree growing in the backyard that he used to have. How, a week after the airstrike, his wife had gone back to search for an olive to plant. She found that the entire tree had burned down. She wept as though she had lost a son..."
"Let this make us safe / to kiss and wake in the bright light / of science. Let us place too much / stock in our own resilience. / Let us experiment. Let us embrace / and make pets of our differences..."