Closing Time

from by The Amy Hoffman

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The night your levees finally failed
is the same I was informed
that you have given up
despite the lengths I'd traveled for us.

My love knows many owners,
but my heart was yours alone.
and you gave it back scribbled and worn
like a line torn from your poems.

So I promised then and there to let you go
and I wouldn't let you run off with my hope.

Someone will love me like you couldn't.
Someone will make up for every time you wouldn't
Risk your neck, face down your fears, stretch your comfort, dare to roam.
Someone else will take me home.

The eastbound wind tore through the walls
and settled in our bones.
but I kept warm writhing
in your slow and saddening tones

I sat beside you trembling
not expecting you to say
that you can't hang on when all I am
leaves you slack jawed and amazed

I held you there for hours
you pressed in with every breath
and kept our hands entwined
like nothing had happened
When all our bets took off
I told you everything

You knew right then and there you'd made a mess.
You had the world and traded me for less.


from Trust Your Bike, released September 16, 2014


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The Amy Hoffman Boston, Massachusetts

endearingly awkward pop/rock.

see also: future teens, death party

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