Treasure Island

Adrian Murphy

(March 1968 / Northern Ireland)

Faded Purple Words


There are words I need to bury
Written on a fading purple note
Those words that scar – I love you, I miss you
X’s and O’s that oh so innocently wound my heart

Once they were light in my hands
Lifting my heart out of darkness
Their weight now beyond me
I leave them to lurk unread.

But today they caught me
My hand frozen at the drawer
I wasn’t ready. Just a hint of colour,
My legs wilting like a rag doll.

The jolt, the fear
Blue remembered pain
The carefree hand of composition
Never again to be held within mine

There are words I need to bury.
Written on a fading purple note,
Those words that scar – I love you, I miss you.
X’s and O’s that oh so innocently wound my heart.

Submitted: Saturday, May 23, 2009
Edited: Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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