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  • Ask What it Means

    You asked of me
    that I put understanding into words,
    that I chain myself in every aspect
    like the countless lyrics which seek
    an embodiment of love.
    Well, I now know that all I know
    is what results from the imagining
    of looking through another's gaze.
    To understand someone
    is to grasp another understanding,
    to look at a life
    like it is your own entry
    in a diary,
    to place yourself at the centre of another's world
    and ask what it means
    that there is a moon as well as a sun.
    You asked of me that I describe this feeling,
    where I decoded someone
    by imagining him or her in a locked room
    and finding the key.
    I learned to steer my untested sailboat
    on someone else as an uncharted sea.
    I whispered a name and suddenly
    it had new meaning:
    A definitive separation of bodies
    and individuality,
    that can perhaps only be bridged with the mind
    through all its graces of unbecoming
    to see how anyone else has become.