when we came out of
the cosmic void,
we were lovers, do you remember ?
As lovers of land, we made things grow:
You kept the accounts,
I collected taxes.
The stars were so bright
those ancient nights,
it was beautiful.
How brave we were then – do you remember ? –
who refused to unlove each other when we died;
holding hands on the deathbed,
every breath was precious time
taken away from the kissing.
And what do you know?
We came back again as lovers.
Back again, as climbers of rock,
we played out a new karma on the ropes
a thousand meters
up the side of that sheer cliff. Remember?
We shouldn’t have done
what we did that day,
my eternal love.
The sky was such a perfect blue.
And hanging on that rope we should have meditated
and conserved our energy, and climbed;
Instead we fucked and slipped
and plunged and smashed
into a thousand pieces on the rocks below.
So, back again – never having learned the lesson –
you the teapot, me the tea;
you the dolphin, me the sea;
me the condom, you the pill;
time, like a bulldozer on a hill.
There she sits,
There she stands,
There she pays the bill, tips the waiter,
There she’s going – there she goes
clicking on the hard pavement
under the cold grim light.
We never listened.
filled to the brim with past pain;
scars, like maggots, in our brains
we meet in the halo of the blue street light –
bargaining hard, wanting to see the merchandise;
telling me to fuck off;
vaguely remembering each other from somewhere in the past:
Perhaps a client, perhaps a friend,
or, perhaps, even a lover.
Yes Yes Yes
Come Come Come
Listen listen listen:
Tomorrow morning, when you look out the window
while I am still asleep,
the garden will be filled with tonight’s dew.
Don’t worry about it.
It’s just the world,
shedding another tear,
towards a distant karma.