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Phlegmatica Phlegmatic- (a) not easily excited to action or emotion (b) cool or self possessed 1 Braced in the phlegmatic, transitory world of Sutherland Train Station a computer generated voice is activated: In case of emergency, please use the Help Point in the Night Safe Area Etched in my notebook more reliable than truth or memory I reread a list of things I need to do to pursue my latest project- shovel, hammer, wood, nails, new Salvo suit, black shoes, hair shirt, map… The sky spits on the tracks & on the grey anonymous rabble of pigeons, the stained wall before me awash with the faecal ooze cataloguing decades of incessantly non-descript activity: like indigenous waste & directly above on the steel crossbeams, for the comfort of commuters, are embedded rows upon rows of bird deterrent needles the length of fingers 2 The vegetable plot is soft, black cornucopic- easy workings for the shovel. At dusk, soothed by my dark labours I lay deep within the hole listening to the subtle nuances & rhythms of my heart- for any variant signal, however slight which will help in my ongoing ruminations about the temporal: Is this life- ‘death in life’ or ‘life in death’?
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