You used to live your life
like you were just passing through it
that I painted in a picture
as I watched you jump into it
so I caught your portrait
in a close-up that I froze
saw the gentleness in your face
saw the thorn within your rose
& the tell-tale cracks along the edge
where the bitterness still shows
taken from an angle where
your silver necklace throws
patterns on the canvas
where light & shadow blend
where time tore us so far apart
now it’s too late to make amends

Hear the wind sigh
it’s a long goodbye
whisper in the sky
it’s a long goodbye

(Copr. 2007)