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Family

The mother knits
The son goes to the war
She finds this quite natural, the mother
And the father?
What does the father do?
He has his business
His wife knits
His son goes to the war
He has his business
He finds this quite natural, the father
And the son
And the son
What does the son find?
He finds absolutely nothing, the son
The son: his mother does her knitting,
His father has his business
And he has the war
When the war is over
He’ll go into business with his father
The war continues
The mother continues knitting
The father continues with his business
The son is killed
He doesn’t continue
The father and mother visit the graveyard
They find this natural
The father and the mother
Life goes on
A life of knitting, war, business
Business, war, knitting, war
Business, business, business
Life with the graveyard.

— Jacques Prevert’s Familiale (1), translated by Alastair Campbell

Without a good woman, there is no today, and without a son there is no tomorrow.
— Wilbur Smith. The Angels Weep

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