by Runa Svetlikova


Fold in on yourself with your head

beneath the blanket. Rock to and fro.


Take in your own breath. You are

a naked bird in its hermetic nest.


Think. Think. Sleep.


Get up. Walk. Your arms are free now.

It carries itself. Carry yourself


closer to me. Carry yourself out of your body

and totter into me.

Translated by Willem Groenewegen