from Gatefold by James Henderson

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I say I don't care if this goes anywhere
& that I'm happy sitting talking to you
Putting songs on a tape just to save face
So my heart won't get beat black & blue
I keep on writing letters but I'm too scared to send em
Transpose into a novel someday
But my library voice isn't quiet by choice
It just don't have much to say

I keep expecting a no
Or is it implied when you sigh
Then why do you keep coming by "to say hi"
Bittersweet when you go
A taste I have acquired & won't tire of
Someday you might say
That I don't have to say goodbye

Looking through the lens trying to pretend
That there's nothing behind the eyes
Like when you take an avid reader to a drive in double feature
Is it adoration or jealous spite
Up to interpretation hope it's not hallucination
That there's truth behind the smile
& if it's false then I'm at a loss to be so easily guiled

We keep talking so
I think it's alright not contrite
Keep talking till morning birds take flight in the light
Even when I'm alone
I feel you on my mind
Like a crime
That I will confess and do time


from Gatefold, released April 20, 2019


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