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Mary Morstan Female, 54, New Zealand (7/5/2013 5:58:00 PM)


to and fro in shadow from inner to outer shadow
from impenetrable self to impenetrable unself
by way of neither
as between two lit refuges whose doors once
neared gently close, once away turned from
gently part again
beckoned back and forth and turned away
heedless of the way, intent on the one gleam
or the other
unheard footfalls only sound
till at last halt for good, absent for good
from self and other
then no sound
then gently light unfading on that unheeded
unspeakable home
Samuel Beckett

*Original of " Neither" (1976) . It appears here as a poem but Beckett later thought of it as a short story and didn't include it in his Collected Poems.

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  • S. A. S. (7/7/2013 5:47:00 PM) Post reply

    I like listening to this. It reads really well- no awkwardness- it has its own footfall.
    After reading your posts, I went online to find some Beckett. His copyrights must keep a lot off-line, but he's so bleak I don't know if I could ever call him a favorite. I ended up reading some Frank O'Hara to feel better. You have to love a poet who can work jujubes and dingleberries into a poem...

  • Jefferson Carter (7/6/2013 1:51:00 PM) Post reply

    A short story? What the hell???

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