Dante Rose

Rookie (23/01/1990 / London, England)

The Human State

Poem by Dante Rose

When I’m alone on a scatter-book night
Cold and old, with a tombstone face
I sing along to the railroad breeze and I think of April’s chase
Left at home while the songbird flys
‘Neath an orange eclipse of the moon
A yellow smoke knock’s on the door, I pray that I’ll be sleeping soon

‘Cause I can’t smile, if you can’t smile, I give a yard you steal a mile
I can’t run away, I have to stay, it’s gonna be that way until you reconcile
Your fate, you’ll never hate to see me, I want to tell you the truth and have you believe me
Can’t we both just play it straight
‘Cause it’s too draining to negotiate
With the human state

Cats are prowling ‘round your bedroom floor
And I can’t sleep for your roseate sighs
Then I’m alone in a sun-stained room and I begin to realise
When I’m close to you in a lullaby dream
The silence is warm and soft
And I forget about all the days we had, and think about the days we’ve lost

‘Cause I can’t win while you lock me in, I need a good woman to save my skin
I want to associate, never hesitate, to play the game and try to begin
Again, until the Queen comes crawlin’ the oceans melt and the sun starts fallin
I just can’t appreciate
‘Cause there’s much too much to contemplate
With the human state

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 4, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, January 27, 2011