Until Yesterday I Waited

until yesterday I waited

hands in my pocket,

leaning against a cold wall

the one with the lone window shuttered to the night

like my eyes,

closed to the reality of life

 

I looked down and saw the shadows cast

by fleeting dreams

rushing past,

rushing past

 

until yesterday I waited

my feet growing cold,

a jacket willfully too thin

hopelessly caught in a romantic novel without a plot

turning blank pages,

ignoring the numbness growing within

 

I looked down and saw the shadows cast

by fleeting dreams

rushing past,

rushing past

 

until yesterday I waited

breaths edging slower,

senses ebbing ever away

leaving but a shell of love to face the morning light

my heart asking,

when do I take flight

 

I looked down and saw the shadows cast

by fleeting dreams

rushing past,

rushing past

 

until yesterday I waited

but not today,

not today

now feeling,
the words you were afraid to say

 

(Copyright Steven S. Walsky 2009, all rights reserved)

 


Comments:
 
stevesw   stevesw wrote
on 2/7/2009 9:09:26 PM
Penname, thank you for the great comments. I wrote the piece as a metaphor. I envisioned a man standing on a street late at night waiting for his 'lover.' But, is she really 'his lover,' or a person who can not say 'it's over' and is going to stand him up once again. His body is slowly growing colder, no different than the relationship growing colder. But not his heart; no his heart grows stronger, warmer as the reality dawns on him. The refrain...have you ever stood waiting for something and looked down at the ground in thought, as if somehow the ground is going to reveal the answer to your unvoiced question? Steve

penname   penname wrote
on 2/7/2009 6:33:35 PM
awesome. i have to reread this like 4 more times each time with different meaning. it kept me on edge and wanting more. your ending delightful but it made me think way too much... which is good. i dont know whether to be entranced or shocked or cringe

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