McCutcheon Turns 30

Blow Out the Candle Flame

by McCutcheon
coffee in the morning
wine in the evening
candles glowing in the dim room
Nick Drake on the stereo
gentle cuddling sex,
that’s how we lived
it was simple but never boring

we took our time with everything
not rushing through memories
sharing the smells around us
the aroma of our love-making,
that’s how we lived
interpreting the meaning of things

she made me a better person
I was less lonely than ever
living with a true partner
laughing at silly little stuff
and I told her my secrets
like the best friends we were

but no matter how simple
love is never uncomplicated
and just when you think you are happy
you get a slap in the face
a punch in the stomach

you will learn the hard lessons
of how singular we are
and be crippled and humbled
ashamed that you were content
as you painfully wait
for time to heal the wounds
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