Words wide night

somewhere on the other side of this wide night

and the distance between us

I am thinking of you

…the room is turning slowly away from the moon

this is pleasurable

or shall I cross that out and say

it is sad?

in one of the tenses I sing

an impossible song of desire that you cannot hear

…la lala la

see?

I close my eyes and imagine

the dark hills I would have to cross

to reach you

for I am in love with you and this

is what it is like, or what it is like in words

by Carol Ann Duffy