Whatever we do, whether we light
strangers' cigarettes'it may turn out
to be a detective wanting to know who is free
with a light on a lonely street nights'
or whether we turn away and get a knife
planted between our shoulders for our discourtesy;
whatever we do'whether we marry for love
and wake up to find love is a task,
or whether for convenience to find love
must be won over, or we are desperate'
whatever we do; save by dying,
and there too we are caught,
by being planted too close to our parents.