B.. Alexander


Tunnels - Poem by B.. Alexander

Tunnelling in the dirt below my feet
I've been digging all week
Carving this hollow so deep
Today, I hit bone

This is heavier work than I imagined
Surveyed the ground from beyond the fence
We both agreed that this was right
But all the toil is breaking me apart

As a new day rises
I'm crying in the shower
Never knew I could feel this way
I'm crying in the shower
With the taps turned up to ten
Never knew this pain was in me

She works elsewhere, broken too
She rests elsewhere, with someone new

Oh, this is the lowest point
Please promise me
Please let this be
The lowest point

She will undulate and warp
She will dig her way through
And when she climbs out of her tunnel
She'll be who she has become
And the person I loved will be gone

She may smile the same way sometimes
She may shout me some echoey 'hello'
But the person I loved will be gone

So as I hack away at the earth
I pause and wipe my brow and grieve
Mourning the person, the love, the way of life
That will be buried when this work is done

Everyone's heart gets bloodied some time
Never thought I'd choose this path
Never understood the way
The pain grips you in your bones each night
As you work your way through the tunnel

Oh, this is the lowest point
This has to be...
Please let this be!

Promise me, it's on from here
Out of the tunnel, my work complete
And back up again
Towards the light...

(2009)

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Poem Edited: Monday, December 14, 2009


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