by Joseph Williams

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I thought that we would walk around the whole entire globe
and then stand there with our eyes shut waiting for the future to unfold -
newspaper print fingers and a heart of solid gold.

you remind me of a hotel by the sea
and an afternoon in deck chairs with the tide up to our ankles
as we waited for the sun to go on strike so we could leave.

hands up who remembers lazy Saturdays
and cold hands touching in your mother's four-by-four?
the years feel like decades,
and yet, the years feel a lot like days.

I remember the dark, the freckles on your arm and the record spinning,
and the day by day as we lost what we had had at the beginning.
I know that all your friends said that you could do better and they were right,
after all.

I should have set myself on fire -
what a way to illuminate a lost cause.

I'm not sure you ever forgave me for that afternoon in the museum,
but I was sick to death of Pharaohs and I acted like a child, I know.
you took a taxi and I made the short walk home on my own.

fifteen months gone by, no word of a lie -
I guess another broken record won't give you back those years of your life,
because the devil's in the details and hanging on your shirt-tail.

I saw it coming, I read the signs -
you cut your hair and I started to grow mine.
that's why I get sad when I think of us as two parallel lines.

the long distances we walked only left us with pains in our muscles
and aches in our joints.
I think I loved you best when you weren't mine.

I should have set myself on fire -
what a way to illuminate a lost cause.
I've been dreaming of you lately but when I wake it doesn't hurt at all.


released January 4, 2016



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Joseph Williams Nuoro, Italy

we were both happy, just not both in love.

we don't decide. that's the beauty of it.

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