Running, running, running Heart is beating, beating, beating Ways are turning, turning, turning Eyes are blinking-searching, blinking-searching, blinking-searching Its eyes never blinked.
First, I was falling Falling into the dark water, deep water Into the cold hands of the black waves
I woke up in the cave.
It was a cold place, a dark place And that is how I started running, running, running So fast, I missed the way out.
So fast, I finally came back to the start It was my place I had woken up there And it was its place I could not run anymore So I started speaking, speaking, speaking Words running, running, running It followed my words without blinking It hunted them without moving And then it crawled away
It was a snake.
It came back in my dream It crawled close to me It opened its mouth It did not blink And it did not have a tongue
I bit off mine.
My body in dark stains It looked like wine,it smelled like blood Already dry I lost my words I ran, ran, ran I came back to my place Falling asleep I thought about my tongue that I had not found
Did snake take it?
It came back again, again Wrapping itself around my neck Cold and slippery I was not sure if I was asleep or awake If he wanted to hug or to choke
Back then, I did not know speaking was not about words.
Having lost hope to find the way out I stopped running With no words to say I started writing Having lost my tongue I used blood to tell my story
I wanted to run from the cave and I used its walls to tell my story.
I opened my eyes and saw it near the wall Slowly, slowly, slowly Eyes wide open, crawling through my story Slowly, slowly, slowly I sat down near the wall Slowly, slowly, slowly Dunking my finger into my blood Slowly, slowly, slowly Writing Can I trust you? Slowly, slowly, slowly Snake crawled to me and placed its head under my hand Slowly, slowly, slowly I could choke or I could hug Slowly, slowly, slowly I fell asleep, surrendering to the
cold and slippery scales on my skin.
I woke up in the water Drops falling from the ceiling of the cave Fast-loud, fast-loud I saw the silhouette of Snake Far-obscure, far-obscure I tried to write on the wall Drops were falling, falling Words were drowning, drowning
I found myself running again.
To the warm and sunny outside world Tears falling and falling Blood stains on my body Eyes searching and losing My tongue in my mouth Fingers searching and finding From my mouth to my home Words coming and coming For the first time since I had lost my tongue in the cave Ears listening to a song of
laughs and cries greeting memories farewell to the past
Back to the cave, back to the future Legs already running.
Being born in darkness, calmness became visible in the light The words, spoken outside, were no more needed in the cave Accepting darkness, my eyes were able to see
Bigger than before, too big for the cave, snake filled the whole space with its body Unable to move, it was never as restless as at that moment Stuck between the walls, its unblinking eyes told me what it was not able to say
At first belonging to no one, the cave had become my place Belonging to me, it had not become its.
After touching its scales, some parts of it were left on my hand Its old skin was no longer its, yet it could not leave it behind Awake, paralyzed, it dreamt about home Asleep in pieces of old and new, I saw the river, its river, knowing that
in the morning we might be gone.
Crawling as deep as the cave under the cave under the cave
Standing by the river Facing our reflection in the water
Ripping our old skin strong teeth can hurt soft tongue can heal
Going underwater Rubbing against the rocks
I believed I was a human, and you ought to prove me right
I believed you were a snake, I have always been afraid of snakes
We believed we were hunting each other
We were one
Naked, we went out of the water In darkness we saw Our old skin laying on the ground.