Canal Song

by Mark Ayling

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So many miles away from here a canal lies waiting
In the sparkling waters, a reflection of a younger me
How I promised that I would return but I will never learn
That promises cannot make things happen

In my dreams now I see those black waters quietly still, running deep
A reflection of age, brick chimneys standing tall
These dark figures of ghosts, once so powerful
Now left behind to crumble for a joyless end

Broken by the occasional headlights shining on graffitied walls
That reflect my mind
Shining eyes that have seen so much
And hide so much
In a blink will be shut forever
All those hopes and dreams
And broken promises
Will not haunt me anymore
And the hours and hours and hours
Of endless loneliness

The hours and hours of endless loneliness