no today

springtime flowers by anelephantcant

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no today

isn’t it strange
how things can change
in just a single moment
one instant here
then disappear
as if we all are snowmen

can it be true
that when we two
first met and fell in love
each moonlit night
your smile so bright
dimmed even the stars above

we’d spend each day
in love and play
blooming like springtime flowers
under dark sky
we’d kiss goodbye
wishing we had more hours

but then somehow
‘tween then and now
we forgot the words to say
the saddest rhyme
in that short time
yesterday is no today

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colour of the sea

colour of the sea by anelephantcant

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colour of the sea

the colour of the sea is summertime
as blue as the bluest of skies
reflecting the perfection of the heavens above
where the tiniest cloud is a smiling surprise

the colour of the sea is magic
that special mix of turquoise and green
sparkling with life like a Mermaid’s eyes
reflecting the underwater wonders she has seen

the colour of the sea is starlight
gleaming like Mercury’s molten wings
the twinkling tranquillity of a soft autumn moon
the reason an angel’s heart sings

the colour of the sea is angry
gunmetal and restless and moody
I watch it fret from the end of the pier
thinking perhaps I have wrongly intruded

the colour of the sea is lonely
rumbling and crashing and black
the white flakes of spume that fly from the waves
tell me you will never come back

the colour of the sea is empty
like the night that can never be day
bleak and flat and eternally hopeless
like my life since you went away

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east and west

big dogs by anelephantcant

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east and west

each time I suggest that we go west
you turn towards the east
and when I fall weak from hunger
you sit contented at the feast

the clothes hang off my scrawny frame
you tell me I’m getting fat
when I say how much I love big dogs
on your lap you stroke a cat

we never do what I want to do
I say let’s swim we take a walk
I ask you to dance you start to sing
but we never ever talk

you are vibrant full of life now
I am practically deceased
I follow the sun into the west
you shake your head and you go east

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drops of paradise

drops of paradise by anelephantcant

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drops of paradise

silver tipped
caress rocks
then trickle down
sloping sand

tide rises
surf splinters
over ragged edges

foam flakes
catch drops
of paradise
in Mediterranean sunshine

and then
giant breakers
over craggy islands
watching eyes
in argent delight

and my soul

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waiting by phil burns

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there are nearly a thousand Tupperware things
I’ve no idea what they are for
there are pins and clips and bottles of stuff
that never get used any more

there is coffee and milk and sugar and tea
there is Vodka and there’s Irn Bru
I never drink any of these bittersweet things
they just sit here waiting for you

there are snacks in the freezer and up on the shelf
I could mix them into a sad stew
there are packets and cartons and tins of strange things
that sit here just waiting for you

there’s a pillowcase here that always stays clean
there is a TV that doesn’t get watched
there are towels in the bathroom that don’t ever dry
isn’t it sad when a life has been botched

there’s me and my face and my brain and my smile
and my eyes that grow daily more blue
there’s my heart and my soul and my life and my love
just sitting just waiting for you

there’s a man going off to a place far away
where he knows he will never see you
there are tears running down an old crumpled face
there’s a heart that is broken in two

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lovers by anelephantcant

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some lovers we barely remember
some lovers we never forget
some lovers we knew only fleetingly
some lovers we have not yet met

we fall in love so easily
with a face or a smile or a voice
the first sight or sound entrances us
we no longer have a choice

love is filled with endless clichés
the way she walks the way she talks
but it all comes down to this one thing
when she’s there our world just rocks

we forget a name from six months ago
remember eyes unseen for twenty years
and one we held for a few short weeks
we love still through the happiest tears

we live in hope of a last great love
the one who makes this life worthwhile
but perhaps she’s back in our native land
while we live in blissful exile

I will finish by telling the truth now
to the lover I’ll never forget
you know who you are, my angel
I miss you always without any regret

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the night

the night by phil burns

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the night

each evening the sun goes down
shadows move and pain hits deep
that’s when I face my inmost fears
and evade the clutch of sleep

I lie awake avoiding dreams
I pray dawn will be here soon
I know the nightmares linger still
on the dark side of the moon

the darkness drifts into my heart
I anticipate the fright
from crannies slither nameless beasts
who live and breathe the night

I huddle with wide open eyes
seeking the purity that saves
but grass and earth are thrust aside
as children leave their graves

all this I see but now I sense
black spectres’ putrid breath
the misery that feeds my life
keeps me from blessed death

I pay the price for long past sins
when I marched with Satan’s horde
because there’s a price for every soul
so I reap my just reward

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