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Once, before there was
your voice, I wrote lies

just as I am lying
to you now.

I seek cause-bound
effect, action with
sound consequence
in the trajectory
arc of your text.

There is none of my truth
so deeply entrenched here
that you will not find it:

the secret is less to solve
for these variables hidden
than what you must guess.

There is how the pyre
was prepared for us,

there is how the fire
made lovers of us—

what I want and
who you are
is one and
the same.

Now that there is your voice,
my lies bend to intersect.

Your breath solves
for the sound
of my name.