I see you on a Greek mattress
Reading Sartre, the scent

Of the near sea limp
Given to a sense of perfection

That could never be perfect,
The sun emptied of such circumstance.

And on a whitewashed wall
I see you raise another hexagram

For the same old question:
How can we ever be free?

And I see you clearing your dreams
With the hairpin of someone's innocent night,

The plastic evil eye fastened to your coat.
And you throw words down like stones,

Flat-bellied like schist slit
And irredeemable.

And you read how all
Of the words of the world

Have changed around the the question
You set: can anything matter again?

I never answered any of your letters.
Do you remember me

Do you remember me still
As you sift through histories

That do nothing but shine
With a sudden silence

That lingers on and on
Until the colour of day

Bleeds into stasis and waits?
Dark star without skies

Speaking our names

John Cornwall

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