Fall. Run-down places are the nature of things the decay that the gentrified smile of each city tries to cover up as trains move past them. The empty strip mall, the mid-nowhere gas station, the vacant lots and bordered windows and all those hollow ruins for lease between the lights of the rented spaces we call home at night So when you reply with silence as the answer I have no choice but to accept, I think of an entire ghost town built on the sincerity of those run-down places where no one goes And I go there, alone not lonely, if only to seek the company of the quiet truth that demands no explanation for why she left or why I returned to walk down each deserted lane from memory toward what I once called my hometown, my old stomping grounds I ask if I am okay with the absence and let the replies come in echoes against the shell of my former house carrying the sound of far-off ocean waves maybe, a Rocky, sandless beach in the Pacific Northwest where we'll meet again someday okay at last with the silence that comes from leaving everything behind and just going.
Rise. Spring is you reborn. a re-learning of steps needed to stand alone. Spring is the water from the sink that hits you between the eyes with the cold, hard fact that love dies and you live on. Spring is a face-off with new realities a rising to the ocassion as the weight of colder and darker days thaw off bent shoulders under the cleanse of April's first shower. Spring is baptism. Your re-newed steps pound the same pavement like falling petals this time around And you remember, finally, That you loves you And you're forgiven when you did not. You remember where it was you were going today Spring is hello, good morning Let's go for a coffee and talk about what we dreamed until we wake up early enough to greet the brightness ahead.