Singing Along To All Those Torch Songs

The voices of heartbreak
vibrate through the car
the voices of soul-ache
pour like water into this space

Next to that flawed and trembling voice
I lay my own
to that cracked and warbling voice
I add my own

That’s me
singing along
that’s me
singing along
to all those torch songs

The bluntness of skeletal words
fills the hollowness that surrounds me
The devastation of stripped-back words
brings a sad warmth to my cold kitchen

To the weight of sorrow in those verses
I add my own
to the doorstep of such longing blues
I bring my own

That’s me
always singing along
to all those torch songs

Trudging through the snow and wind
scarf pulled tight, gloves thick and crisp
thoughts are dragged sideways
pulled away from the moment
and caught up in the song
always caught by the song

And me
always singing along
singing along for so long
to all those torch songs…

[2015]

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Tom Alexander

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