I have to stay up “till midnight”
You will be asleep by then –
Then the watchman leaves into the streets
Overlooked by Venus sparkling over the city.
Midnight is a long time away now
As far as the North Pole in winter
Where the giant clockwork machine turns the universe
That ploughs through the fields, tuning up bones and larks eggs.
After two years of seeing each other you ask
1. Is there more to life than love?
2. Lets play hide and seek with the stars.
Sleep draining sleep; until Venus strikes her bell.
Dream of me as the thin wooden man on the battlefield
Struggling with the red eyes of Mars in the shadows.
Sleep, darling, sleep safe in your soft bed
While Venus sparkles above you – unforgetfull of this hope . . .