I want you and you are not here.
I pause in this garden,
breathing the colour thought is
before language into still air.
Even your name is a pale ghost and,
though I exhale it again
and again, it will not stay with me.
Tonight I make you up, imagine you,
your movements clearer
than the words I have you say you said before.
Wherever you are now, inside my head you fix me
with a look, standing here whilst cool late light
dissolves into the earth.
I have got your mouth wrong,
but still it smiles.
I hold you closer, miles away,
inventing love, until the calls of night jars
interrupt and turn what was to come, was certain,
The stars are filming us for no one.
by Carol Ann Duffy