seventeen lines

when will it darken I'll fade
and break every promise I made

you won't miss me if I'm not there
you hold it's me if I'm nowhere

I'll sell those tickets that we had planned
cancel that lunch, I won't call
I won't be around for graduation
doubt I'll make the Fourth at all
as the summer collapses to autumn
I guess that's why it's called fall

you won't miss me if I'm not there
you'll know it's me when I'm nowhere

the air gets colder, excuses are easier
and another year's end can drift by
unremarked, the days are shorter
maybe this summer I'll try
oh wait what season do the trees
for a year let their leaves go dry?

you won't miss me if I'm not there
you can't hold me if I'm nowhere

another summer fades, a day in the park
I doubt I'll remember which one
you were - were you there?
I hope so, think you were fun.

you won't miss me if I'm not there
you won't kiss me if I'm nowhere

4/27/23

© Huw Powell
printed 21 February 2024

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