oblique cases

you are not the subject

and neither am i

even if the rain is on my shoulders

and the bird is in your cage

but the rain and the bird are not

the subject even if there is a thunder

storm outside

and you want to let go of the bird

the bird flying away is not the subject

the lightning flash, the hum of the air

conditioner, the fish rotting in a drawer

in the fridge. these things are not the subject.

your laughter, our son, the time we went home

early—these are not the subject. They are all oblique

cases in the genitive, dative, accusative, ablative—

one being a possession, one the direct and the other

the indirect object

everything is in an oblique case

there can only ever be one subject at a time.