A la recherche du temps perdu

"I am aware of birds in the gutter as I awake
The sounds they make
I am aware of the static of my own sounds        a blank new quiet
A warning from above        & from below
See: there are dark soldiers at my back
They compose an army
This morning I am aware that if I take one step forward they will take one step forward
If I take one step back I will join them"
—  Caryl Pagel, “A Vision