Sometimes I feel like
Washing a shadow, washing all the shadows.
I pour water over them,
And I rub soap,
But I can neither scrub nor wring them.
Nor can I take them up in my hands.
I dump water over them.
I dump water over them with force,
But the shadow,
The shadows stay the same, just where they were.
I don't want to waste my time
Washing a shadow,
I don't want to waste my hope and energy.
That's why, that's exactly why I have set about
Leaving the surface slogans, the clichés,
Going to the depth of the meaning of words,
I want to wash the whole earth clean.
Yet shadows cannot be washed.
We can only keep them or remove them
Or let them be still.
7:04 PM 13 March 2000
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