I knew a boyI knew a boySteffenC-itsjustme
of summer rain and thunder.
Who fell off his bike and scraped his knees
carrying home the groceries.
Who would twirl around on the playground swing
until his feet couldn’t reach the ground
and got lost in the spinning blur over and over again.
Who walked to school with his cat
and played basketball outside instead of eating his lunch.
I knew a boy
who fell in love with words and music
and embraced them as an everyday escape,
as the only things that gave meaning to his life.
Who paid more attention to the words the teachers used
than what they were trying to tell him.
Who lived in an empty house full of people and things
and said a painful goodbye to the love he once had for his mother.
I knew a boy
who fell in love with his childhood friend
and spent the next two years writing through tears
trying to stitch his heart back together with words.
Who lost his older brother to the world
and his virginity to a girl he didn’t love.
Who broke another girls’ h
It's closing timeI keep lighting candles all over my apartmentSteffenC-itsjustme
leaving little flames flickering on the floor
on overcrowded book shelves and wooden tables
in the neck of empty wine bottles and
in the windows of heartshaped wooden lanterns
hanging from my ceiling,
but the light never seems to brighten the room
quite like you did
and my record player keeps playing Tom Waits’