when he smiles

when you’re with him he makes you laugh
and when you’re gone he’s gonna cry
when he smiles he looks so sad
and no-one ever asked him why

the sun burnt high on bitter snow
his palms held up his face turned down
running fast still was too slow
too much to say no words to be found

so he says: hmmm…

and she sang: i cannot stay with you
to hold your hand and calm you down
but if you keep running i know
some day i will come around
and if you’re falling from the bridges
that you’re crossing on the way
i will try to catch the water sounds

and when the misty days have cleared
she wonders if he’ll wonder why
she sang at crosses that he feared
and after that she stepped aside

when you’re with him he makes you laugh
and when you’re gone he’s gonna cry
when he smiles he looks so sad
and no-one ever asked him why

but she sang: i cannot stay with you
to hold your hand and calm you down
but if you keep running i know
some day i will come around
and if you’re falling from the bridges
that you’re crossing on the way
i will try to catch the water sounds

 

© lily kiara
on No Alibi, 2001

 
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