If I Should Go

Do not weep for me
Though I am gone
It was a strange visit in a strange land
Do not weep for me
For I am home
Save your tears for someone else
Don’t get lost in a slew of sorrow

I was caught up
In the twinkle of an eye
I was found
The twinkle in his eye—I was
He saw me and I was stolen away
Do not weep for me

Imprison my tear

Hold it captive
It belongs with my memory
Shut your eyes and catch it
Swim with me in yesterday
Please, never lose this
Let me live again in your mind
Lest you slay me each day, again
And again
I died but one day
Can’t you remember the others?
Then let me live again
And again

Hold a glare to the heavens

I can see me
In the reflection of your eye
Do not weep for me

But weep
Weep for beauty
For glory
Look toward tomorrow
That we may meet again

At the sharp crease where time is folded
Where day sinks ever into darkness
Falling in a blaze of autumn blooms
Baptizing the world, again
In a damning hope

Weep, ye grieving
Weep all who remain
Not for a great cloud of witnesses
Only for that distant hope
Given only to your vision
Never to your hands
Let the dam burst and cover the earth
As the waters cover the sea  

Let your tears roll like the roar of many waters
Paint your face with the fading shades of twilight
Let the horizon run down your cheeks
Till you taste salt of the earth
In the light that seasons death

Drink deeply in this hope
Go on and drown

Get lost in a day that never arrives
Until night is upon you, at last
Where, alone, you must be found
Weep for love, wail
But for me—hold your tears

The moon whispers softly:
This light is not my own

[Found in old files I was sorting. Dated 2002.]

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