rivers sing

rivers sing by anelephantcant

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rivers sing

when you hold my hand
great mountains can walk
the rivers all sing
and the trees smile and talk

the moon floats benignly
the stars dance in the skies
nights full of laughter
and the sun never cries

little birds warble
like a sonnet by Burns
butterflies turn cartwheels
the earth joyfully turns

the wind blows in colours
like a rainbow’s sweet breath
now garlands are wreaths
as our love bleeds to death

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broken steps

broken steps by anelephantcant

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broken steps

broken steps hang above the beach
suspended in bleak mid air
once full of purpose now forgotten
no longer leading anywhere

the hut itself lies derelict
paint flakes from wind worn wood
the staircase stumbling down from there
reflects my wretched mood

passing time can change so much
salt and spray erode destroy
like tears that flow from sunken eyes
leaving them bereft of joy

the pebbles rumble in the waves
the sands drift out to sea
like memories that disappear
when you decide you must be free

the three tall pines sway gently still
the palm trees tower high
the clouds gather low above the leaves
like me the sky begins to cry

for my life too is pointless now
without your love I cannot care
broken steps hang above the beach
no longer leading anywhere

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night birds


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night birds

east winds blow from frosted Alps
ransack the barren sands
spume driven from ignoble waves
futile as empty hands

breakers crash on broken steps
rocks and pebbles rumble down
tears crash onto broken hearts
wash the laughter from the clown

Orion watches full moon’s light
harass the coming day
across the cliff top’s broken stones
rain drains dried love away

trickles echo through the pipes
like a thousand voices talking
draughts creak through splintered window frames
like a thousand night birds squawking

love’s warmth is only transient
like the Scottish summer sun
it all too quickly fades and cools
unhappy winter bleakly comes

one stone sends ripples outward
as a smile enchants a soul
the next splash causes conflict
two halves didn’t make a whole

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under the bridge

(the moon) under the bridge

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under the bridge

the sunlight dances in the stream
like your sparkling eyes that so bewitch
the springtime sky is golden blue
and the shy moon hides under the bridge

the trees are slowly turning green
the hills of Provence loom on high
near-barren rocks wear thorny gorse
bringing bitter tears to lovelorn eye

for memories are all that’s left
as biting as a hawk’s shrill cry
it looks down on unwary prey
choosing the heart that is next to die

the dark clouds cover heaven’s light
the thunder screams at fever pitch
and your sweet love flows swift away
like tear-strewn water under the bridge

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when

in cloud by anelephantcant

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when

when I’m happy in the darkness you blind me with bright light
when I bask in warm sunshine you wrap me in cold night

when I dream of song and laughter you wake me with a jolt
when I do everything I can for you it seems it’s all my fault

when I gaze up at the blue sky you envelop me in cloud
when I meditate in silence you tell me I’m too loud

when you say you’ll spend your life with me I know for sure you won’t
when you tell me that you love me I know for sure you don’t

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sometimes you almost

sometimes you almost by anelephantcant

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sometimes

sometimes you almost touch love
it stumbles closer every day
you stretch your fingertips until
it mocks you and slips away

sometimes you almost hear love
perhaps across a telephone line
is that static or just silence
did you miss a crucial sign

sometimes you almost see love
in a simple photograph
but you know you are out of focus
when you hear that scornful laugh

sometimes you almost taste love
you think it should be sweet and pure
you recoil at the bitterness
that no medicine can cure

sometimes you almost know love
though the problems are immense
and a sneering voice informs you
you are sad and too intense

sometimes you almost find love
it draws two hearts together
then conceals itself in darkness
and stays hidden there forever

sometimes you just forget love
because you know it cannot last
it only has one purpose
to remind you of the pain-filled past

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let go

let go by Phil Burns

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let go

the pain is when you love someone
and she loves you too you know
there’s still a spark deep in both hearts
yet you have to let it go

sometimes this life is just too hard
you wonder if you’ll ever grow
or hang on forever to the hurt
when you have to let it go

you think that you’ve moved on at last
you think you’re free although
the chain is still around your soul
and you have to let it go

you travel far you try to hide
you pretend it doesn’t show
but inside you’re still breaking up
you can’t ever let her go

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