A rose in the garden grows ever sweeter. Lovely white petals soften a thorny demeanor. Though twinkling between twilights its pale beauty casts gloom; a baneful silk shadow by light of the moon. Safe in the small hours, but deadly at dawn: the buds draw in, the thorns begin to yawn. If stung in the light there's no time to feel sick. The petals glow red as blood from the prick. Forget your family, your life, and your friends. Off to a new garden you roam to make amends. To his mistress, the moon, the rose does take. Another stranger - a sacrifice - for his mistake. You won't wonder or think. Your mind has gone. As you lie and wait for the last light has shone. When daylight has faded; now covered in dirt. You twist and tangle as stems with white flowers, from your skin, begin to spurt.
Who is she and where? His Clementine whispering in his ear. Anytime there's no one near. Who picks flowers for herself, lighting candles for the night. He turns to see her pretty face. Either she is quick to react or, in reality, has no place.
I grow dizzy with all the flames I've burned, with all the times this new leaf has turned. Waste my dreams as morning burns into view, a painful reminder I wake without you. Look over the ocean at all the fish swimming free; a lonely sailor caught by the sea.
Around and around the red blue mind. Thoughts creep and whisper in thin grey lines. Music to ears as silence to sleeping. Deposit in years, a warm heart beating. Ask me now, where I have been. I answer by staring in low dull hymn.
Feats of my burden feed on desire. All left to leaving where twin peaks aspire. Wind through your day like vines through the grama. Painted in plastic like carving a comma. Dreams left to dreaming never climb higher. That's where I keep them: the subtle belier.
A man who paints memories gave me one to take. Gift wrapped from you it said, "Give your mind a rest and keep your heart awake." I see him paint there still, where the sun stains the forest skin. I will never forget that day - the closest to you I have ever been.