I have accustomed these bones to grief
and these temples to deception:
grief goes, deception comes
like the sea from sand to beach.
Like the sea from beach to sand
I go from this wavering shipwreck
through a dark night, poor, black,
and sad as a round cast-iron pan.
If your love is not the plank I clench,
if your voice is not the north I follow,
no one will save me from this wreck.
So I go on eluding the dark omen
that I will never be safe in you,
smiling from heartache to heartache.