Secret Words

(1984)

"Secret Words" was written in 1943, but was not published until 1984.

Secret Words
by Paul Bowles


Far within your face I saw the night
And in the night I saw the stars
And then the stars became your eyes
Awaiting secret words from me
But that can never never be
Because I know the night has sealed your heart.


Oh, sing a song of lands where we might have wandered, long, long ago.


Sing a song of days when the earth was younger
Days we'll never know.


Far within the night I heard the sea
And on the sea I heard the wind
And then the wind became your voice
Entreating secret words from me
But this shall never, never be.


The dark has sealed your heart.


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