What happens
When you miss a chance
You really should have taken
What happens
When you do not know
In time to make a difference

All that happens
Is you beat yourself
For days at a time
Until the flagellation
Distracts you from
Your utter stupidity

I missed a chance
Because I blurred the signal
And I did not understand
The transmission
Through the wine

I would have tried to be
The perfect lover
But now I entrain
For Norilsk
And for Kolyma
To work until I can work no more