Treasure Island

Jesse Ellsbury

(March 23,1982 / Washington D.C.)

Don't Let This Sweet Night Die at Dawn


When morning light comes streaming,
Touching on your eyes and gleaming,
And the birds outside start screaming,
And dew in the grass starts steaming,
And the morning says to go.

As your hair turns gold with sunlight,
And all the passion fades in the night,
You told me things were all right,
And then you vanished from sight,
And I know it’s time to go.

When the morning sun begins to burn,
And children outside start to learn,
Your face when sleeping looks so stern,
My heart for you is so concerned,
But I know that I should go.

We’ll have to do this again sometime,
It really was such fun.
Maybe we could go for a walk,
Maybe we could go for a run.
We left our clothes out on the lawn,
And this sweet night shall die at dawn.

When I tried to talk my mouth just froze,
I hate being made to doze,
But your smile to me is like a rose,
And after I come I hit my lows,
And I feel I have to go.

I shiver at your every lick,
My body’s numb, yours is electric,
Don’t tell me it was all a trick,
Your heart holds meaning as it ticks,
And I’m sure I have to go.

When the grass began to wave at morn,
Your smile seemed so right and warm,
Your love was true, I could have sworn,
Then your roommate entered the dorm,
And she says I have to go.

We’ll have to do this again sometime,
It really was such fun.
Maybe we could go for a walk,
Maybe we could go for a run.
My heart’s fragile as a newborn fawn,
And this sweet night shall die at dawn.

My confidence waned as it reached an end,
I thought my soul I’d need to defend,
You said we were more than friends,
You’d love me soon, didn’t know when,
But I didn’t need to go.

Your skin so warm like branded steel,
And your actions are like hell on wheels,
Your love was something I could feel,
Your smile is something far more real,
So I don’t need to go.

When I wanted you, I knew you knew,
That I was meant to be with you,
Memories fading with morning dew,
To be replaced by ones as true,
And I don’t need to go.

So thank you for such a lovely night,
I know we’ll do it again sometime.
The love you gave me in that bed,
Etched in the stone walls of my mind.
For all others this night is gone,
But you and I shall bring in the dawn.

Submitted: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 15, 2013

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A sweet and funny little ode to a short-lived college romance.

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