yes or no

yes or no by phil burns

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yes or no

there are so many ways and so many words
to tell me what I need to know
but there is only one answer that means anything
just tell me if it’s yes or it’s no

there are so few requests I make of you
I make no demands on your time
but there’s always one topic you try to avoid
it’s as if I am crossing a line

is there something that I’m missing
somewhere else you’d rather go
if someone else is in your heart
why don’t you just let me know

there are so many questions unanswered
I ask but you never reply
it seems there is one word you can never say
just tell me so I understand why

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when the ripples began

when the ripples began by anelephantcant

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when the ripples began

looking back I remember
when the ripples began
that exact moment
when my life
lost tranquillity

like a sweet gentle breeze
your smile
brushed my mind
and your eyes
and mine
started dancing

your voice soft as love
your accent beguiled
my ears
were enchanted
and heard
not a word

but these days are long gone
and my life
is now calm
though there are times
when I still miss you

my soul starts to writhe
and my heart beat is faster
because
looking back I remember
that exact moment
when the ripples began

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water

rain falls eternally by anelephantcant

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water

I clamber up the mountains
quench a thirst from ice cold stream
breathe sharp air into gasping lungs
try to climb out of this dream

I stagger to the waterfall
see the clouds rise from the rocks
but nothing can disguise the sound
of the tongue that never talks

I limp down to the valley
where the wretched river flows
crawl desperately towards the sea
to seek the word that no one knows

I stumble through the puddles
the rain falls eternally
your reflection boldly mocking
while my eyes stare back blindly

for water is like last year’s love
swallows hope like flooding earthquakes
seeping in through tiny cracks
like memories and heartaches

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obscurity

obscurity by anelephantcant

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obscurity

whenever she’s not here with me
I feel the night surround me
and then I know the loneliness
as darkness closes round me

in my mind I see her smiling
sweet innocence and purity
then the light goes out and I am left
abandoned in obscurity

I wander by the water’s edge
breathe a frown a tear a sigh
watch tiny fish glint deep below
twinkling stars in dark green sky

I view my whole life in slow motion
what a wasted time I think
and like the darting silver fish
to blacker depths I sink

and once again my thoughts drift back
to the time when I first met her
when first I looked into her eyes
knew I never could forget her

sadly I now learn life’s greatest truth
as I pursue her still in vain
find searching through my memories
pleasure leaves long before the pain

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your world

my world by anelephantcant

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your world

in your world
there is no winter
autumn slips softly into spring
summer seems to last a lifetime
the days are long and full of joy

in your world
there is no night-time
the sunset filters into dawn
sunshine smiles on every moment
the days are long and full of joy

in my world
is only darkness
snow-laden clouds as black as sin
cold winds blow an icy hatred
the nights are long and filled with pain

in my world
there is no daylight
the morning frost bites sharp as blades
embittered hailstones fall with vengeance
and you are nowhere to be seen

I once lived in your world
but you have never been to mine

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questions

book in hand by anelephantcant

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questions

I wonder if you think of me

in the morning
as you head to work
gazing at the fleeting fields
does my face come to your mind

in the evening
with a book in hand
or watching television
do you remember
how we laughed
at something trivial

when you lie in bed
calmly watching sleep approach
do you recall
the words I spoke
or wrote
in stories
and on postcards
or are they
like me
already forgotten

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inferno

inferno by phil burns

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inferno

I feel that spark the first time I see her
on a dark icy cold winter’s night
the January gloom dissipates now
her smile is as bright as daylight

the flames warm my heart without warning
I am never the fall in love kind
but the look in her eyes sends me reeling
in an instant I know she’ll blow my mind

the fire she lights overwhelms me
never before has my life been so good
but I overlook one tiny factor
a furnace devours so much wood

the inferno lasts only a short time
the passion burns out in a flash
her radiance like a glorious sunset
leaves me discarded in a grate full of ash

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