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For Henryk

What have those watery globes

in industrial goggles seen?

Frozen lakes, dance halls, unexpected

Goodbyes, I’m sure.

Locked vaults of anaesthetic and no

combination. You’ve trapped me in those unbroken


I know you want to forget,

but every mispronunciation

reminds me of what I’m lacking.

A name with no recollection;

a name with no language.

You’re no angel just a vulnerable

old man broken by his past.

And that breaks


I’ve been mourning my history

since before I was born.

You deserve memorial

but, how can I remember you when you won’t let me?

Eden is a writer, creative and activist passionate about fighting inequality, currently studying English Literature at Durham University. For Henryk has won awards such as the Butler Scholarly Journal Creative Writing Competition. Eden has a confessional style blog, Shared Ramblings, which uses various artistic mediums to explore the trials and tribulations of adulthood. Eden also works with arts mental health charity, RTProjects to spread awareness of their services and deliver poetry workshops.

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