I wish I knew! —You have to know, you are an adult!
I take an answer from the rack, put it on, heavy coat.
In this coat we walk the ploughed road to work in the morning,
from work to market, from market to home. A fur hat and sturdy boots
complement this coat. I wish I knew, I walk in the sleet
with my aching love: if you asked, I’d go anywhere, I go nowhere
though the trains are leaving, I walk the sleety route and lead Light,
he tends to stop every once in a while, he gets tired. There’s snow falling
from the tree to the ground, it’s the same voice as when someone dies,
you have to talk all the time with a voice that fits under your tongue,
fits into the sore heart, call for love with that voice, sometimes it happens to you
a bare hand grazes your hand in the crowd, give me more! and a miracle:
it gives and gives.
© translated by Kelly Lenox