Rae’s Song

Photo Credit: Peter Szto, PhD

The moon wasn’t full the night I met you

The night sky wasn’t sparkling with stars

There was no locking of eyes

Across a crowded dance floor

No clever banter and flirting

Side by side at the bar

It was a rainy night in Philadelphia

When we brushed each other’s paths


Six months passed, again our roads converged

Tiny white lights twinkled on a roof desk

The city’s nocturnal noises provided a beat

For our conversation’s give and take

We wrapped each other gently in words

Filling a canvas we painted together

Giving tantalizing glimpses

Of our separate worlds, universes apart


Through words written and spoken from afar

Something fragile between us grew

You became the brightness in my life

Dazzling and awaking things long forgotten

I became the roots beneath your feet

Grounding you, offering you shelter

Each blinded from the awareness

That you  belonged to me and I belonged to you


Chorus:

You were the secret my heart was keeping

The secret I kept even from myself

Always there below the surface

Always threatening to break out

There were no words for what I was feeling

I just knew I couldn’t live without

The shape of you within my heart


I was rattled when you traveled 3,500 miles

To arrive upon my doorstep unexpected

My love was thrown at you

Like a challenge, a dare

Full of anger, mostly full of fear

You love was a gift cautiously offered

Folding me delicately in its arms

Asking for a leap of faith


Chorus:

You were the secret my heart was keeping

The secret I kept even from myself

Always there below the surface

Always threatening to break out

There were no words for what I was feeling

I just knew I couldn’t live without

The shape of you within my heart


It has taken imagination

And many leaps of faith

To make our worlds fit together

Promises have been made, and the promises broken

Have almost broken us

I know I should let go of you

But your words across the distance

Still have to power to call to me


Chorus:

You are still the secret my heart is keeping

The secret I try to hide mostly from myself

Always there below the surface

Always threatening to break out

There are no words for what I’m feeling

I just know that I still can’t live without

The shape of you within my heart


I lay in an unfamiliar bed at night now

3,500 miles away from your familiar warmth

Letting the siren call of your beautiful

Devastating words wrap back around my heart

I answer each line with words of my own

Hurt words, angry words, sad word, wistful words

I don’t hit send but it doesn’t matter

These words have taken on a life of their own


Chorus:

You are still the secret my heart is keeping

The secret I have tried to hide from myself

Always there below the surface

Always threatening to break out

There are no words for what I’m feeling

I just know that I still can’t live without

The shape of you within my heart”

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