enter blackest of black
with your sand-blasted soul
and your scheduled tears
enter and roar like a lady

scream under a wooden curtain
again cadenza after cadenza
die in a body not your own
sing until it bleeds
I’m waiting

break the red hall open
I’ve got it clean and quiet
and beg you be my opera
da capo
kiss this empty heart

– Translated from the Dutch by David Colmer