(it started at the) Carnival

you clutch the bars of the cage as we start to get high

“I’m gonna scream,”

snug tight up there it is him, you and I

rising up above

the carnival lights, children screaming, people in lines

the ride shakes, you smile

and we go

 

Do you remember?

What do you remember

the door opens, you stumble out laughing

we go out the gate

he leaves, now it is only you and I

walking together

past carnival lights, children screaming, people in lines

“Later,” and you smile

and you go

 

I walk on alone

not knowing the texture of your palms

or the taste of your lips

you stumble across the beach with heels in your hand

“How about here?”

separate from everyone, it is you and I

rising up above

the winter moon glows like the sun

we lie down, you smile

and we go

 

the bed creaks, you hide yourself in my shoulder

we hide under covers

snug tight together, you and I

walking together

down the streets of the world we’ve created

we lie down, you smile

and you go

I walk on alone

our world, my own

and I go

down streets I used to know

where cracks in the sidewalk let weeds grow

remembering the texture of your palms

and taste of your lips

the way my hands rested

on your waist and your hips

wishing your smile

could stay for a while

more

no

I walk on alone

now our world is my own

and down streets I used to know

I go