THE CITIES INSIDE US . We live in secret cities And travel unmapped roads. . We speak words between us that we recognize But which can't be looked up. . They are our words They come from very far inside our mouths. . You and I, we are the secret citizens of the city Inside us, and inside us . There go all the cars we have driven And seen, there are all the people . We know and have known, there Are all the places that are . But which used to be as well. This is where. They went. they did not disappear. . We each take a piece Through the eye and through the ear. . It's loud inside us, in there, and when we speak In the outside world . We have to hope that some of that sound Does not come out, that an arm . Not reach out In place of a tongue.