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The night that it rained (1999)

Latvia experienced many nights of terror during the Soviet occupation, when the KGB came to apartments and arrested entire families, loaded them on cattle cars and shipped them off to Siberia. But even those who were fated to escape the terror physically, never escaped its legacy.

On the night that it rained

I went out

you stayed in

I came back

you were gone

That was all.

Someone came

someone went

there was no explanation

I came back

you were gone

that was all

First a knock,

then a shout

on the night that it rained

in a moment

a lifetime

passed on.

Just the clothes

on your back

when you left in the rain

I came back

you were gone

that was all

No a word

not a reason

you wouldn’t be there

Not a sign

that our lives

would be rendered

and torn

I went out

in the rain

I came back

you were gone

that was all

that was all

that was all

I would never

have gone

had I known

what would be

on that night

when I left in the rain

I went out

for a moment

I am coming back still

you are gone

you are gone.

you are gone

October 20, 1999

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