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Sick of Shadows

posted May 20, 2009, 11:31 AM by David Storlie   [ updated Aug 23, 2010, 11:14 AM ]

When you look at him
your eyes become moats
swirling around you
In a stream barely
as wide as the boat 
that promised your rescue.

I couldn't hear 
his sirens approach
When could you?
He was a crook 
with a name like Death
and he hooked you.

Your eyes cracked 
with tears at my side
I was your mirror
your world was my pride.
I made you think 
that it might be inside me
Hoping to keep you 
close and beside me.

You were the Lady of Shallott
Living dreams that would not sleep
Trapped in a castle 
where you were the keep
You can't even look 
out a window to see
Only at visions 
reflecting from me
Watching from angles 
you prayed to be free
Your curse could not see
your true beauty through me.

I shutter like the curious pictures 
that change when someone looks.
Burning with a furious passion 
unwritten in your books.
My eyes cracked 
with tears at your sigh.
I was your mirror
your shield and your lie
Hoping you could see 
a future within me
but knowing someday 
you would look beyond me.

When I see you dead
your lips 
to steam me
The crash 
of a shard 
of your kiss 
falling cleanly.

Then I reflected 
upon his approach. 
I begged you 
to see me.
You listened only 
to his bugles blow
and their shrill 

I am shattered 
with tears at your side.
I was just a mirror
your guilt and your pride.
Your dance crazed the loom 
that was our nest
it's web 
would surround you
Tangling your softest hair 
in his crest
as it's colors 
astound you.

I'm swept up 
in a furious river
that washed 
your tears away
when they stretched my frame
with curious pictures 
of the day 
you sailed away.

You were the Lady of Shallott
living visions I sought too.
I was your mirror you saw all 
my thoughts when I dreamed about you.
You said it was just
your reflection that bored you
So you never noticed 
how much I adored you.

Death freed you from 
the castle where I keep
reliving my dreams 
if and when I can sleep.
I can't even look 
out a window and see true
For the sea as a gravestone 
rolls constantly over you.

I'm swept up in the furious ocean
that floats past everyday.
All my life it's been that curious 
potion I drink to drift away.

You were the Lady of Shallott
living the visions I brought you.
In that mirror
I was a thin window beside you.
The visions I shadowed 
have shattered inside me.
Now only those fragments 
can reach me so deeply
as did the Lady of Shallott.

c  c/g f  capo 3