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Dark At The End of The Street

We've had some fun 
but our story is complete
The moral knife still twisting deep
That improper thing must always be beat
So, you turn your back 
and off you creep

Promising me each memory
you’ll fondly keep
And with my battered trust 
and my itchy feet
how firmly you believe 
I’ll casually retreat
back into the dark
at the end of the street

We knew the rules, we knew the game
and still we had to cheat
We wrote through sun 
and rain and sleet
We thought ourselves immune
our passion so discrete
now the choice is made
we casually hit ‘delete’

You’re so sure 
my heart won’t miss a beat
we blackened many notebooks
we tore out many sheets
So much goes unsaid
those poems stay incomplete
All filed away in the dark 
at the end of the street

Do you think me as some devil
replete with tricks and treats
it seemed like art at first
something so unique
An open mind, an open cage
a bird that often leaves
And yet here we are again
that same story on repeat

What made your soul once leap
now feels so obsolete
Was there always something missing
a fatal flaw in this conceit
It no longer matters
our time, we did deplete
my footsteps fade into the dark
at the end of the street 

Where I fein my understanding
and wrestle with relief
Peering out 
through the dampening eyes of my defeat
I’ll fold myself so small
my vanishing so neat
I slip from this scene 
back into the dark 
at the end of the street…



end of the affair

◄ In The Nude

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Thu 29th Sep 2022 09:58

Thanks Kevin, so pleased this one resonated with you.

And likewise, Graham, thanks very much for your encouragement on this one - it means a lot.

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Graham Sherwood

Wed 28th Sep 2022 11:10

Missed this first time around. A very accomplished piece. Plucks a string in everyone I'm sure.

Good work,


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Fri 19th Aug 2022 13:45

Ah, I'd not heard that one before but enjoyed. Thanks Greg. 😀

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Greg Freeman

Fri 19th Aug 2022 12:04

Reminds me of the title of that Richard & Linda Thompson song. Ah, youth ...

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Sun 24th Jul 2022 18:31

Thanks to you - Frederick, Rudyard, Holden, Stephen and K Lynn for taking the time to read and hit the like button. Much appreciated 😃

I've also added an audio reading for this one - which only seems to appear on my profile for some reason.

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