STAY

What did you say? 'Good-bye'?

No way.

Not today.

Just stay.

Promise you'll stay,

and never stray

far away.

And never say

'farewell'.

Just stay.

*

Don't leave me here alone.

So alone.

Dusty as bone.

Soul like stone.

No one

but silence

on the phone.

Alone.

*

Don't leave me here to die

in a lie.

Was is a lie?

A passing sigh?

Don't leave me here

to wallow

to cry

and fly

away in my

selfish lies.

*

Lies such as "what might have been?"

It is a sin

because

'What might have been'

is a genie in a bottle

of gin;

an illusion

hollow as tin,

inside,

a sin

of

'what might have been.'

*

Don't you dare say those empty words,

they fly away,

drunken birds,

in herds,

soaring,

meaningless

chirps

and

whirrs.

They're not enough,

these words.

*

It would make up for "I'm sorry" if you stayed.

God, I've prayed.

If you stayed,

maybe you wouldn't

fade

into a memory

or into

a renegade

a deceitful fa├žade

who forbade

my heart,

turning it hard

to Jade;

bitter

as it

laid

in my chest-

a sour stone

of it

made.

Oh, only

if only

you

stayed.