I speak to you on tiptoe
Tiptoe because you are hard to reach
Picking my way between the delicate flowers
On the carpet of your heart
Tiptoe because a clumsy sound
Would send you flying away in
A startled clap of wings
I reach out to you on tiptoe

Merle Tshiamalenge


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