The Original Meaning

(or: Awful)

"You do not understand—"

(no matter where you look
you are always looking at me
no matter where you are
you are always with me
and when you are near me
no matter what I wear,
I am naked

I cannot name you
even in the privacy
of my own mind

when you turn
I see lightning

when you breathe
I do not

when you walk
you do not move,
the earth moves under you

and when you speak
the only thing I hear


is thunder)

"—your own awful power."