The Long Goodbye

I rarely thought of you
'til you finally broke through
I thought the story was complete
When we talked back in ninety three
I thought that was enough my love
But now love's legionnaires have come

And Alison I'm thinking of
All the little things too much
Like how your d n a and such
Wove a spiders web of love and touch
into something almost glorious

But rarely could forget
That strange chemistry that crept
Between us, then entangled us
And didn't understand at first
You know that I was crushed my love
By overwhelming chemicals

But Alison I'm thinking now
‘bout your fingernails and how
Those firetrails of thrill raced round
on my throat, and here, in this far town
and the girl my world turned round without

No, really, it was you
There was nothing I could do
We think that life is ours to choose
But passion rules and cold light rues
Predestination left us cold
And now we watch the past unfold

But Alison I can't forget
Holding you inside room 10
The lack of light in discotheques
How it felt when dancing to "je t'aime"
How you curled your hair against your neck

And Alison, oh Alison
Here, across the Rubicon
Our long goodbye seems so long gone -
Cat and mouse we blew the game of love -
But yet, something holy lingers on

(With apologies to David Most and Clive Westlake - and also to Metaphor!)

by jim hogg

Comments (13)

A wonderful eternal conceipt.
Thy eternal summer shall not fade! Outstanding desire expressed in a great poem.
in ITALIAN: Devo paragonarti a una giornata estiva? Tu sei più incantevole e mite. Impetuosi venti scuotono le tenere gemme di maggio, e il corso dell’estate e' fin troppo breve.Talvolta troppo caldo splende l’occhio del cielo e spesso il suo aureo volto e' offuscato, e ogni bellezza col tempo perde il suo fulgore, sciupata dal caso o dal corso mutevole della natura. Ma la tua eterna estate non sfiorirà, ne perderai possesso della tua bellezza; ne morte si vanterà di coprirti con la sua ombra, poiché tu cresci nel tempo in versi eterni. Finché uomini respirano e occhi vedono, vivranno questi miei versi, e daranno vita a te.
My favourite poem and i love it n like to hear it again and again
This is one of the most famous of all the sonnets, justifiably so. But it would be a mistake to take it entirely in isolation, for it links in with so many of the other sonnets through the themes of the descriptive power of verse; the ability of the poet to depict the fair youth adequately, or not; and the immortality conveyed through being hymned in these 'eternal lines'. It is noticeable that here the poet is full of confidence that his verse will live as long as there are people drawing breath upon the earth, whereas later he apologises for his poor wit and his humble lines which are inadequate to encompass all the youth's excellence. Now, perhaps in the early days of his love, there is no such self-doubt and the eternal summer of the youth is preserved forever in the poet's lines. The poem also works at a rather curious level of achieving its objective through dispraise. The summer's day is found to be lacking in so many respects (too short, too hot, too rough, sometimes too dingy) , but curiously enough one is left with the abiding impression that 'the lovely boy' is in fact like a summer's day at its best, fair, warm, sunny, temperate, one of the darling buds of May, and that all his beauty has been wonderfully highlighted by the comparison. ...
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