I rouse you with loud knocking, I do so
only because I seldom hear you breathe
and know: you are alone.
And should you need a drink, no one is there
to reach it to you, groping in the dark.
Always I hearken. Give but a small sign.
I am quite near.
and by sheer chance; for it would take
merely a call from your lips or from mine
to break it down,
and that without a sound.
And when the light within me blazes high
that in my inmost soul I know you by,
the radiance is squandered on their frames.
exiled from you, must go their homeless ways.