follow me down, down into the

darkness of the face that stares

back when mirrors sidestep

my path.

-And the world weeps tonight,

your smile's gone.

this kind of sadness blankets

entire silent cities and eyes that never

cease to deviate from tears are

blinking in the light you

should have been.

-And the world weeps tonight,

your smile's gone.

here are the fingertips that brushed

over your cheekbone embracing

every laugh

your mother Blames Herself

because she could never,

she could never

Blame You.

-And the world weeps tonight,

your smile's gone.

we will ache for the words

goodbye. I love you.

that we never had the chance

to say.

tonight you are blameless

and flickering in and out of

photographs & memories

i'm picturing your face

between the star or two that

i can see.

i start to understand how easy it

is to give up on God, how hard

to forgive the people that

LEAVE.

-But the world weeps on tonight

your smile's gone.

(for c.s. 1984-2006)