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Visitor’s Voices of Central Catholic 2013

Vilhelm Hammershøi
Interior of Courtyard, Strandgade 30
Gallery 33

Jasmine Gray

Loudly Quiet

The sun is starting to set,
the evening begins to calm.
The din of noise slowly quiets,
making everything feel alright.
There is a profound absence;
here there once were merchants.
Through the door winds a street entrance,
Where I can hear a slight whisper of business.
But across the courtyard opens a window
then suddenly visible is
a faint shadow in the distance.
At once it all rushes back,
pours into my heart.
Across the courtyard I can see her, Depression dressed in black.
The clouds darken and shadows flee,
this darkness I feel I just can’t overcome.