adventures in dysthymia

Friday, September 01, 2006


I’m no rain man but I do
have these intermittent showers;
I’m no super man but I do
have my share of secret powers.

Never asked but always knew
this dream vanishes with dawn.
Never will ask more from you;
drink my shadow till it’s gone.

I’m no madman but I do
swim the sea of my obsessions;
I’m no highwayman but I do
rob you of your heart’s possessions.

Never asked to start anew,
hero of a losing game.
Never will ask what is true;
your face wears another name.

I’m no craftsman but I do
sell this work of mine with pride;
I’m no holy man but I do
see the angel at my side.

Never asked when we were through,
only that you drink my toast.
Never will ask more from you;
let my shadow be no ghost.

Stephen Brooke ©2006

As much a song as a poem, perhaps.

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