Last Time

The last time I saw your face it was in a photograph

I don’t laugh anymore when I see your face

I blame myself for not being myself

Last time I saw your face it was in a photograph

No longer do we share the laughter

That you now share with someone else

Even in pictures I remember your smell

Your eyes capture me and I often dwell

On what it would be like to really be with you

Oh how I look fondly at the photos of you

The last time I saw you smile

It was not for me

You had no idea I was looking at you

The last time I saw your smile you were smiling back

At something other than the memory of me

Even now I wonder what you would do

If I still was able to put the challenge to you

Could you rise to the risks that I offer in life

Would you turn and still run from me

Taking everything including your face

Taking everything leaving nothing in your place

Taking everything and throwing away

Taking everything that we could possibly save

The last time I saw your face

It was in a photograph

Smiling and laughing not a care on your face

Last time I saw your face

Was in a photograph

Why are there no photos of us

Why did we not make time for us

Why does the memory taste so bad

Why do you still hold a place in my heart

Why am I still longing for you

Only photographs, only memories, only a lingering sense of smell

Only my own sense of longing can put me in hell

This is the last time I’ll relinquish control

This is the last time I’ll give you control

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