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I'll write a poem every day, might be tiny but it'll be complete.


We'd driven off the Chunnel train

negotiated our way past checkpoints

the signs reminding us to conduire à droite

decided we didn't need to fill up

followed the cloverleaf to get onto the A16

to Dunkerque et Le Nord, a little frisson

as we hit the motorway and knew

home was only three hours away

across two unguarded borders

slowing briefly past Gravelines

and the Grande-Synthe flyover

with perfect timing that bell-like

synth started up and after a few

seconds it crashed into heavy drums

and guitar and Max and Clio (back seat)

sang along in their trebly 13-year-old voices

with Chester 'Tired of being what you

want me to be' and within seconds all four

of us were yelling filling the car with 'I've

become so numb I can't feel you there'

until we were screaming and fist-punching

the air with the kids headbanging

in their seatbelts 'all I want to do is be

more like me and be less like you'

and the moment was so complete

and perfectly heartfelt and innocent

the words conveying future or past

pain that somehow made us feel

joy and connectedness right then

my voice hitched and tears

blurred everything and the album

ended and Alan said 'Tune.'

Day 61 The opposite of numb

RIP Chester Bennington.