168 When fish fear water and birds fear height; when night fears darkness And day fears light; when time fears clocks; when you desperately want To tell me something about you you are not allowed to; When I am meeting with your eyes in the ways permitted not; When I am coming to you but never cross your threshold; When you pursue me, only catching my words within your breath; When you are under your own surveillance, but I'm failing To find myself behind the bars of my bones; when I won't dare To repair my house, though the sky has crashed, the rain is touching Me in my sleep, the wind is stealing from me; when you remain Beyond my grasp but behind my back; when through black tunnels, Trapped subway trains say secrets stuttering -- tell me, what is then?







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