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For Roxanne & Marina Tsvetaeva

Awake in a dark room alone
Downstairs the Goddess of Love sleeps,
her jewels and makeup
in a box till the next performance
Memory dances in the net of illusion
& I unable to sleep,
feel myself less substantial,
turning into a memory
Perhaps it is better
to have the heart of a jackal
I would not come again
to lie in a cradle
or to know the short weight
of earthly love.

Asha Pasha Vinir Mukta
(freed from the fetters of hope)

March 12, 2000

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