Page of Autumn

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On the bright summer shoals
On the beach by the tower
You stood with a flower in your forest dark hair
And I’d paid all my tolls
I came to you freely
I’d read all the tea leaves and I was aware
Yes, I knew on the bus
From the books that you carried
Someone would be married
And it wouldn’t be us
No, when the summer was through
And the chill came a-knocking
I knew I’d be walking the long way around
Not so settled like you were,
Happily resting,
Metropolitan nesting, too safe for the sound

Still, we kept each other warm
In that ebbing humidity
Patient vapidities left for the phone
While the shadowy form
Of all of our fleeting lies, evasions and compromise
Stewed like a stone
But how could we resist
Such a gentle connection,
Such natural flexion
Like a cool morning mist?
Yes, I’d say I behaved much
Like a page in September
When every orange ember of summer’s burnt skies
Had grown cold to the touch
Left for another man
One who would dare fan the flame of your eyes


from Ghost Stories, released September 27, 2019


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