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You taught me how to heat the stove,
Admire fire, walk the mountains,
Petrarca’s songs,
To recognise the herbs,
That even in the midst of human hell
There is the harmlessness of chestnuts,
That climbing a 100-meter cliff
Is sometimes easier
Than speaking in the name of love,
That absence does make presence,
You taught me to beget proximity
When only separation did exist,
Connection where there was a difference,
I learned synchroneity when life caused a delay,
You taught me to be taught
Through listening.
Painting ‘Ugg’ by Sara Maino, 2022