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Lockdown

by Peter Matthews of Northcote, Victoria

It sounds as sure as

the concrete echo of a 

closing steel door

but I’ve come willingly within

these resonant walls

to the warmth of the kitchen

to children clattering down the stairs

to this chair in a pool of light 

to the sense of you near

and as the dark descends

our home encircles us

and expands

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