Love crosses its islands, from grief to grief,
it sets roots, watered with tears,
and no one – no one – can escape the heart’s progress
as it runs, silent and carnivorous.
You and I searched for a wide valley, for another planet
where the salt wouldn’t touch your hair,
where sorrows couldn’t grow because of anything I did,
where bread could live and not grow old.
A planet entwined with vistas and foliage,
a plain, a rock, hard and unoccupied:
we wanted to build a strong nest
with our own hands, without hurt or harm or speech,
but love was not like that: love was a lunatic city
with crowds of people blanching in their porches.