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Love. I'll have to get me gone or hide.
Prison grows like a bad dream. Another mask, but the one
and only. What good are talismans: letters, erudition,
toiling at Northern words that sing of the sea and
swordplay, friendship, Library galleries, ordinary things,
habits, young love for my mother, the military shadow of
my dead, timeless night, sleep and dream?
You or not you is how I measure time.
The jug breaks on the spring, birdcalls awaken, no-one looks
through windows, it's dark but unquiet.
I know, love: just to hear your voice, hope and memory, time.
With its mythologies, useless magic.
There is a corner I can't go to.
Armies ring me, hordes.
(Unreal room; unseen by her.)
A woman's name gives me away.
A woman pains me everywhere.