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The Lonely Ballroom

July 24, 2012
By AbstractFragment GOLD, Dalmatia,, Pennsylvania
AbstractFragment GOLD, Dalmatia,, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"You know what it feels like when all your teeth are falling out really slowly and you don't realize and then you notice that, well, they're really far apart. And then one day... you don't have any teeth anymore." - Where the Wild Things Are

The piano still plays, but the guests are gone,
we are still here, I guess I'm still here...

the tiles have grown green,

moss has invaded and branches have broken the windows,

this is my home

the loneliest ballroom I know,

we used to dance just me and you,
to the music only we could hear,

but now I know I'm on my own,

all I can do is swirl through the dust and the smoke,

chasing shadows of the past,
they're just puppets and the puppet master laughs and laughs,

I am not graceful, but I am desperate,

I am somber, I, am, hollow,

as hollow as this empty room,
knock on the door and hear it echo through to the ceiling,

I am the same, my heartbeats are the palpitations of reverberations,
they are call and response,
they are minor keys ringing out into an open space,

for no one.


I will slow dance with the ghosts,
how I revel in your acronyms anymore,
my voice is careless, you do not listen, I do not sing,
I've grown mute, to you at least,

I miss you,

but I understand we could've left this room ages ago,
and now it is just me,

and I can't just seem to leave,

even as sunlight pours in beams through the broken ceiling,

signs of the outside are all but escapable,
but ignorable,

I close my eyes, sleep, dream and I feel us again,

it is cozier to live in this lie than face what has gone by,

but I blink, and the bright lights turn to broken floorboards and cracked windows,
I waft at the dust, and just look out the window.

The author's comments:
A coming to terms, for a series or compilation of sorts I'm doing called "Come to the Window"

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