You take a step, the Earth slips back.
It’s never fair, it rarely is,
But just in case you didn’t know:
It’s in your eyes I see my life.
The sadnesses which came before,
The solitary walks at night,
The sleeping rough beside the cliffs
Were never yours: you gave me life.
I measure out the speeding years
Like feet and inches on a wall:
Each notch another pain or joy.
And so our Earth is spinning by.
Again, in case you weren’t aware,
In your young life there lies the point.