Dying Light

Dying Light

dying light

If I said that I’m over you, I meant almost

Stuck in my room reading poems to your ghost

The script we wrote together, left by the lamppost

Outside the house we almost bought, it was so close…


I’m still alive today but I’m barely breathing

My broken soul needs you, or a deeper cleaning

I said that I’ve moved on, but I’ve lost my meaning

When he said what he said what were you believing?


I couldn’t see the signs, there were no little notes

No breadcrumbs to follow, no odd scents on your coat

I guess my nose deceived me with my heart engrossed

My love was overflowing, yours had chartered lifeboats.


I still use the sheets on the bed we used to sleep in

Tear marks wet the pillows I cry on when I’m grieving

Your voice was the song I listened to, when uneven

Nothing breaks even there’s edges we aren’t perceiving.


Being left alone has its pros, but mainly throes,

No words help, the breadth of suffering never shows

My empathy exposed, I fade between the shadows,

Willpower missing, my depression is diagnosed.


I saunter around, my therapy is drug seeking

I’ve been to meetings, about demon deleting

And defeating my pangs, but they keep succeeding

My Chaos heart keeps cleaving, while order keeps leaving.


This was once a love story, we wore different clothes

We went out dancing, and we’d rub each other’s nose

Like Eskimo kisses do, I’d buy you a single rose

And tell you our love will blossom as one, as it grows


But lo! All you saw was the wilting petal bleeding,

Necrotizing, dying, as the air was short, unbreathing

All of your nightmares and worries were interweaving

With our lives, so you left, and now I’m the petal bleeding


My heart has not healed, it may never I suppose

How long since you’ve reached for me, when was I deposed

Did this love we had even begin to decompose

When did the light die, when was the moment that you chose??


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Paul Neglia

Proud father of 3. Part time writer of poetry and short stories. I want to paint the world in but a few words.

9 thoughts on “Dying Light

  • March 2, 2023 at 5:01 PM

    A passionate pain this is, one I know all so well having recently had the same thing happen to me after two decades of what I thought was the rest of my life, suddenly be pulled away. Very powerful work.

    • March 4, 2023 at 9:56 AM

      Ralph I’m so sorry to hear that. These are past pains for me that resurfaced its ugly head in a memory. It was definitely painful and terrible times so I sympathize with what you are going through. Love there one minute gone the next. Thank you for you comments. Much appreciated.

    • March 4, 2023 at 9:53 AM

      Thank you so much Phyllis. These were troubled times but they are far in the past Thank God.

    • March 11, 2023 at 7:43 AM

      Thanks so much Jamie I’m glad you read it. Appreciate your comments

    • March 11, 2023 at 7:44 AM

      John always appreciate your kind words. Thank you for taking the time to read it.

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