Hall of Mirrors

I can’t pretend I don’t regret
The way I broke the moment into pieces.
That the last I saw of you
Was just a shattered reflection
Of what had gone before.
I was brought up to be honest
But surely there was a version of the truth
Or a kinder lie

That could have protected
A little of what we’d shared.
Would it have been ignorance or innocence
To have left you sleeping
On the morning of the day
That a part of me died.

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Out of Sight

Longing,
The airport departure hall kind,
Beyond the last wave
When even the shadow of you
Has disappeared from my view
Leaving only the ache behind.

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Chorus

It’s a long way until tomorrow
When I’m caught within the storm,
With the choir of all my sorrows
Singing on until the dawn.

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Making Your Way

The desert defines you after a while.
You become the trek
Not flesh and bone,
Like sand now
As you freeze at night
And burn in the furnace heat
Of the noonday sun.
Your identity as fluid and false
As the trick of the mirage
That guides you away from home.

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The Derelicts

Like Derelicts they loom over the city, these
Skeletal remains. Two drunkards clasping hands
Because they fear they may come crashing down,
Without a companion by their side.

As the Derelicts sway in time
To the music of winter winds.

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The Temptation

Is it a sin?
This giving in to temptation,
If we allow
Our bodies to entwine.
To unleash
The maelstrom electric;
Risk it all
On fate’s game of chance,
The kiss of Valentine.

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Too Blind

I can’t see you,
Just the echoes
Where you used to be.
Because I’m a lost boy
Confused about the direction,
Whether I’m heading
For heaven or hell.
For I stopped feeling
When I started bleeding
Many moons ago.
And all that’s left
Is half a bottle of whiskey
And these scars
That keep my eyes shut,
I’m down on my knees
Begging for redemption
Knowing the game is up.
For there is just an absence
A black hole in the aether
And the echoes
Where you used to be.

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The Busker

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photo credit: Rainy Night via photopin (license)

Three chords and a dream,
Dirty hat full of pennies,
Streetlights not spotlights.
Shouting out in the rain
Songs for unbelievers.

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Godless

Creating a path for the godless
On a Saturday night.
From the lounge bar
To the chippie.
From the condom machine to regret
As you lay down in the gutter,
Nursing a hangover,
In the Sunday morning light.

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The Ghost

It’s part of the bitter harvest,
Parcelled up, a gift from you.
Sealed by a kiss,
With every teardrop earned;
The very least I was due.

It’s carried on the breeze
These dreams of light, driven by machines,
Captured by my sails.
And you’re part of the design
With all winds steering me back to you.

With your touch like ice
Like dark and arrows aimed for my heart.
Because words once said
Will always haunt a soul, and this touch
Of frost was the least I was due.

This traveller’s journey
Has taken me to this crossroads before.
In search of a healer, not the cause.
Because you’re the ghost in my mind
With all roads leading back to you.

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