The Porch Swing

By brian francis

As the summer evening settles
Lightning flashes up on high
Rain drops sing a staccato rhythm
Thunder rolls across the sky

Here alone with you beside me
Knowing you are my closest friend
You lay your head upon my shoulder
And teach me to love you once again

Hearts that break can also be mended
Mistakes we’ve made – steps untrue
Torture’s lonely moments haunt us
Through it all I still love you

The flash becomes a screaming sizzle
And crashes to the nearby ground
The roar of thunder jars the moment
Deep inside you can feel the sound

Hearts together reach for solace
Smiles relieve the moment’s fear
Arms engaged in a gentle holding
Eyes awash with the salty tear

I know of love because I found you
After years of roaming all alone
Sitting here on this porch swing
Holding you I have found my home


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Thunder’s Roar

by Brian Francis

Somewhere in the distance
I can hear the thunder roar
Rain drops pitter-patter
At the door
Somehow all the storm clouds
Rise and then they fall
Bringing cool refreshment
Nature’s call

And while laying here
Feeling your warm touch
Shivers of excitement
Seem too much
The gentle supple friction
Of our love’s embrace
The rhythm intertwining
Face to face

Passion’s magic moments
That yearning from within
Rapture in that instant
Does begin
Somewhere deep inside me
I can hear the thunder roar
Touching lips to lips
Wanting more


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Laugh with me

by brian francis

I always find it hard to watch you cry
It dulls that special twinkle in your eyes
It makes my heart so heavy every time
So please come laugh for me

I’ll trip and fall if it will make you laugh
Act stupid, wear the face of a psychopath
Anything you want of me just simply ask
Just please come laugh for me

I’ll try to always be that worthy man
The one you chose to love and take in hand
The one to see only perfection in you
Hold my hand and laugh with me

As together we watch the future pass
Bound as one to the very last
Hand in hand walking joyfully
If you’ll just laugh with me.

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Forfeiture

By brian francis

Your restlessness torments
your angry soul
A nervous feeling
Out of control
Every time
you try to fight
you lose

Her eyes are hard now
They have a steely cold
A tired sadness
Making her look old
Her smile’s faded
From the burden
Of her dues

The time you spend
Chasing happiness
Earning more
With each success
She sits at home
By her self
And lives the blues

When you come home
Stars are shining bright
Your meal is waiting
It waits every night
The table set
For one alone
To use

And in the morning
When the alarm calls out
You’re drawn awake
So you sneak about
Avoiding
The confrontation
And abuse

You fear the day
That you’ll return to find
That she has left
She has changed her mind
No meal waiting
You will sit alone
And muse

That is when
you will finally realize
How much you miss
her lonely sad eyes
and in hindsight
you will learn
to sing the blues


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Ebb and Flow

by brian francis

Like a changing tide you come in and out
As you shift the sands of my mind
Leaving patterns in your wake with your
give and take – Every action is by design

I tumble and toss as you move around
I laugh and I cry and I sing

If I try to touch you your direction shifts
As the hermit crab strides the beach

Yet I sit and I wait ’til the tide comes in
And I embrace you when you arrive
Only to watch you go away again
Every action is by design.

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