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Breath Full of Sighs.

Breath Full of Sighs.

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Published by Terry Collett
a young man and his mother and a dark depression.
a young man and his mother and a dark depression.

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Published by: Terry Collett on Jun 09, 2013
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BREATH FULL OF SIGHS.Benedict's mother stood by the twin tubwashing machinelifting the steaming washfrom the washer to the spinner with wooden tongs,her eyes focused,her arm straining.He watched her;a book, Plato's Republic,lay openon the table by his hand.He studiedthe red hands,the worn fingers,how she wiped the wetfrom her foreheadwith the back of her hand.Plato’s Philosopher Kingsseemed too hardfor his delicate mindat that stage,the Greek worldtoo far off in the pastto give him comfort.Maybe you oughtto read something lighter,his mother said, pushing downthe washingwith the endof the tongs.Find it hard to readat all at present,he said,
 
everything’san effort.Making the effortis part of the effort,she said.You don’t want to bein the hospital again,do you?He closed upthe Plato book.He wonderedhow Julie was.He’d not seen her for months.Good job toohis mother would have saidif she had knownabout her. No, he said,not there again.His mother spunthe washing,the noise rattedthe machine.He rose from the tableand walked downthe passage way.The machine rattled still.He went in the back roomand put Miles Davison the hifi.The muted horn,the saxophone weaving,the drummer keeping pace, jazz on a highway,

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