Laughter In The Dark

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In these dreadful days of recalling the ghosts of the past
Picture book and never raining with smoke in the eyes
Somewhere it must be gathered all of the things
Before they let you down

A girlfriend that waited for no one was all that she asked
Sullen mouthed, her hands held aloft as if holding the sky
From a hell of a season, is it wrong that you should want her now

I will wait and know what it’s like
To hold the marble youth we despised
For all that I now desperately lack
Can be carved into the quiet sound
Of laughter in the dark

If the past is pasture will you ever learn
That the prologue you're after is already burned
So tear up the letter and let the leaves
Fall into the grass

Seeming out of place the mole on the back
Dangerous if cancerous so cut with the knife
At once disfigured, is all maligned just to feel the black

A reflection of you disappears
Replaced by something more clear
A light that freezes in time
The awful meaning of what it is
Laughter in the dark

I was never much the type to sing from the heart
Or to ever call it out, the youth we once had

When there is silence
There can only exist
What we almost knew.


from Vivian Comma Close, released April 17, 2016



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