Posted by: advapi | December 6, 2007

Natalie Merchant – Photograph (With Michael Stipe / night garden music ’93)

I found this photograph
Underneath broken picture glass
Tender face of black & white
Beautiful, a haunting sight
Looked into an angel’s smile
Captivated all the while
From her hair and clothes she wore
I’d have placed her in between the wars

 

Was she willing when she sat
And posed a pretty photograph
To save her flowering and fair
For days to come
For days to share
A big smile for the camera
How did she know
The moment could be lost forever
Forever more

 

I found this photograph
In stacks between the old joist walls
In a place where time is lost
Lost behind where all things fall
Broken books and calendars,

 

Letters script in careful hand,
The music to a standard tune by
Some forgotten big brass band

 

From the thresh hold what’s to see
Of our brave new century
Television’s just a dream
Of radio and silver screen
A big smile for the camera
How did she know
The moment could be lost forever
Forever more

 

Was her childhood filled with rhyme
Or stolen books of passion crimes
Was she innocent or blind to the cruelty of her time
Was she fearful in her day
Was she hopeful
Did she pray
Were there skeletons inside
Family secrets sworn to hide
Did she feel the heat that stirs
The fall from grace of wayward girls
Was she tempted to pretend
In love and laughter until the end


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