Layers of Your Self (first draft)

Here is a crowd
with no confidence in theater.
It believes we want to devour each other
- as in former time –

Our desires are common, egoistical and outrageous:
To understand that our past copies are un-retrievable.

We want to reproduce ourselves
as old people,
with the power of a horse and a mare,
and without wisdom.

“On each day
they came and took
a little of the brightness of your skin …

At the end of your days
you denied your new self
and your past self.

You were made a hostage
in a faraway region
within another self.”

Anwar Al-Ghassani
Friday, August 06, 2004
(written during the flight from Paris to Caracas)