Like A Shadow in the Sea
I see them aging every day,
and every day it breaks my heart:
the people who raised me,
the people who saved me
getting older as plainly as anyone else.
I thought they’d be with me forever,
to take care and always share
they ever and would ever have.
But my youth is getting old,
though it’s still the dawn of my sight.
I don’t mind mortality,
but why must it apply to me
in the moments I love life?
I’m still waiting for the blush to rise
and show the golden sky’s designs.
I need to know my Lady Sunshine
and to marry her in daytime
if I’m to survive the mourning.
Their eyes are growing ever narrow,
their hair is growing thin,
I don’t want
to admit it,
but I think that death might win.
I worry premature but I can see
those I love aren’t as they’ve been.
Their smiles have moss,
their skin is embossed
with the pain God’s put them through.
But their killer will kill me too,
stake the dagger of time in my heart.
Besides, the bomb
is set to go off
in about 50 years or so.
Days go past without saying goodbye,
years go past, I don’t see them go by.
They fade into the pudding past,
mistakes I made to always last
while nothing that matters stays with me.
The morning is approaching its end,
does it mean to take us too, my friend?
To leave us like
a shadow in the sea,
nothing to love, everything to leave?
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