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If the wind could just strike its wand
and bring my wishes for you, day by day
through its wings, through its force
through its strength, through its sounds
to part your hair slightly
to hush your teary cheeks
to flutter your eyebrows
without your knowing
And let your heart synchronously beat
to where it comes from, where it goes
though its beginning is not assigned
and its end is not defined
Then, I would be glad to bring the spell
right there to where you are
from where I am..

If you were for me to give up, what shall I be?
I shall be like a tree without its branches
A flower without its fragrance
A sunset without it fiery red skies
I am a driftwood in the laborious
swagging of water
Its direction is everywhere
floating and surging aimlessly
Then,what more are the reasons
to admire my breathing
to be grateful of my waking in the morning
to wonder my senses to feel
For everyday is an ordeal, 
as if death is lurking my shadow..

If I could let you hear my longings
Then I can paint my destiny with you
You are a work of art when one is glued
to take a look not just once but twice
or moreover as if to fathom the secret
Yet, the story is not visible to the naked eye
for only you can unlock it
only I, can heighten it
Only then, our souls may rest on
this dilapidated canvas..

If I could only hold you in the cup of my hands
Its warmth will nourish you and let you thrive
from fear of your youth, from the guilt of disgrace
I know you will struggle and look straight to my pleading eyes
Confidently take your flight, to discover how to be alive
without me to take your stand..

If you were to walk in a road with no route
Take me to be your company for I will teach 
you where to begin, and visibly lay the way for you
The distance may be far and endless
And the overgrowth along the way can be far inspiring
Take no heed of them, for even the night  can't 
block you out..

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