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Can you hear me, now?


Can you hear me?

Can you hear me, now?

She whispered at the screen.

The faces returned her smile,

Enthusiastic thumbs up, an audience so keen.


Can you hear me?

Can you hear me, now?

She said out loud again.

She had changed her top especially,

her pyjama bottoms remained the same.


Can you hear me?

Can you hear me, now?

She shouted VERY LOUD.

Her head was overloaded,

like the storage on the cloud.


And then it all went silent,

It had all become too much.

The world was dark and heavy,

She wanted to reach out and touch


Another, feel the summer breeze,

See the trees and catch a leaf,

Feel it in between her fingers with

rising levels of hope and belief.


Can you hear me?

Can you hear me, now?

She said with a smile.

She could see their faces,

All still there, all content for a while.

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