love and me

my muse by anelephantcant

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love and me

now as I watch you dancing
I think of what I see
one more sweet woman quite enchanted
by life and love and me

we met we laughed we fell in love
we spent such happy times
you created works of magic
and I wrote silly rhymes

you said my words inspired you
helped you see different views
for you I wrote my love songs
you were my heart my muse

and so I scarcely noticed
your first uncertain pause
I was still blind while you observed
my many faults and countless flaws

so then we slowly fell apart
my truths no more believed
you’d said I was your perfect man
but which of us truly deceived

now as I watch you walk away
I think of what I see
one more sweet woman disappointed
by life and love and me

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moonbeams

carousel spinning by anelephantcant

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moonbeams

I think of the pictures that dance in my head
I guess I am speaking of dreams
they visit in the hours I’m asleep in my bed
and I know they are flakes of moonbeams

sometimes I awaken and ask them to speak
they hide shyly in the corners of the night
I imagine with a smile that they play hide and seek
staying forever just out of my sight

they tantalise me though they are not quite real
they slide behind or just under the dark
tormenting my vision until I start to feel
I see the shadow of a day in the park

I visit grey places where I am but a transient
streets I walked in my youth with old friends
my footsteps as soft as a butterfly’s intent
till the chill fog once more gently descends

I fancy a carousel spinning high in the sky
and wonderful places unknown
the clouds and the crowds serenely float by
and as always I am left all alone

I recall those life-changing all night conversations
but great wisdom remains sadly unsaid
I glimpse the rising sun’s pink dawn sensations
as I ephemerally walk by the Med

for that fraction of all time I am happy as a child
my toes feel sand and the kiss of the sea
my heart and my soul are carefree running wild
I dream of you and how things used to be

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les deux mers

Le Canal des Deux Mers by AnElephantCant

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Les Deux Mers

Les Deux Mers canal is magical
it slides through all of France
and one day outside Agen
I meet her quite by chance

I can see she is a foreigner
her clothes her walk her smile
I approach her with well chosen words
ask her to stay a while

she rejects me almost casually
she is a married woman
but he is gone for oh so long
and she is only human

so I court her relentlessly
use all my Gallic charms
until with a contented sigh
she relaxes in my arms

then quickly I abandon her
with her shattered world atilt
her husband is confused enraged
her face betrays her guilt

Les Deux Mers canal is magical
it slides through all of France
and
each day outside Agen
I
hunt for one more dance

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favourite game

in the café by anelephantcant

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favourite game

you laugh as I look on despondent
you love to play your favourite game
you have changed your face so often
only I still know your name

in the café in the main street
I smiled but you were unimpressed
it seemed although I spoke your language
you saw a quite unwelcome guest

but day by day you slowly softened
till one day you touched my hand
told me that you’d suffered badly
asked me please to understand

then you slyly led me forward
in careful steps across your map
every stop sign every crossroad
till I plunged headlong in your trap

you stripped me of my emotions
you took all that I held dear
left me helpless in my blindness
cloaked in misery and fear

and now I too have changed so often
you alone still know my name
you laugh as I look on despondent
you love to play your favourite game

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the past

nightmares new by anelephantcant

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the past

in my sleep I take a bus trip
to a town on the Ayrshire coast
I remember going to school there
I am still haunted by those ghosts

it no longer looks the same of course
in a dream things rarely do
the things I recall are subtly changed
and replaced with nightmares new

I wander down Ayr Sandgate
to the mouth of Limond’s Wynd
I pause before I enter
afraid of what I might find

the locale is changed abruptly
no time for a second glance
this park in Glasgow’s South Side
this view the South of France

now I am in confusion
there is someone I must meet
but how can that be possible
when I can’t find the street

once again I see my old friend
who laughs and flaunts his wealth
he thinks it is the whole world’s fault
but I only blame myself

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the camera never lies

never lies by phil burns

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the camera never lies

a silver moon a bright blue sky
the sea as dark as night
trees dressed up in verdant green
what colour are you inside

the waves whisper across the sand
the wind whispers a sigh
my heart whispers a thought of love
your heart whispers a lie

the flowers stretch and raise their heads
it’s springtime in Paradise
I watch the birds in pairs build nests
I watch as your love dies

a red sail flaps and disappears
across the curved horizon
your red lips now so rarely smile
when they curve it is surprising

the camera never lies they say
I don’t think that is true
I see the face you turn to me
I don’t think that is you

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the answer

the answer by anelephantcant

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the answer

don’t live your life she sternly said
until we can be together
you tell me you are on the road
don’t lie I know you better

her face is red her skin is blotched
her temperature is rising
frustration oozes from her pores
I find it unsurprising

women clamber on my wagon
thinking it’s the place to be
they hope that I’ll bring love and joy
free them from misery

I always try to do my best
I help whenever I can
but I can never be the answer
after all I’m just a man

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