Look after yourself in the big hostile world out there.
Watch out for the ambuscades, the sudden sidelong glances
That betray the thoughts behind, the hesitations that tell you
All you need to know. Even if you tell yourself it’s you who’s wrong.
Keep an eye on that world which will do you down
Given half a chance: the world that isn’t there for you after all.
Keep an ear open for the worlds half-dropped then half-caught
In a guilty silence and that moment wondering if you heard them.
Try not to stand between yourself and the light, there being
Little enough light here in the starry night and little enough warmth
There in the cold ground. Don’t let the mirror catch you
Quizzing yourself. Who are you. As if you need to ask.
Don’t be a stranger to yourself. Everyone will disappoint you but
Don’t let that concern you. Find a corner where you can watch the spring.
Bud along with everything, the snipped shoots blossoming twice as much
For their pain. Watch out. Look after yourself when I’m gone.