A Song for Julia and Winston

If I could stretch my eyes
Wide enough to see 
I wouldn’t blame you
I’d see you’ve set my pace
One paycheck away and far
From a homeward slide

Around and around like full moons
In day’s full light we dance
Across a store of blindness
My darling, may we dance
Like 1984’s behind us
To freedom’s lonely tune

Can you say five seeing four?
Or seeing both say but one
But which, oh dear which
A full moon face in the sun
Tell me how to read the lines
Before I fall out the door

Around and around like full moons
In day’s full light we dance
In the market whirling blind
Forging links with every glance
Only to leave them all behind
Forgetting freedom’s tune

I’ve buried the song in silence
In my heart I’ve wandered lost
Pathless, long, gates all closed
Until ends with starts get tossed
Where nothing and no silence grow
And my soul sits off balance

Around and around like full moons
In day’s full light we dance
In the marketplace for all to see
How lovely we murder chance
And paint freedom the place to be
Sand in sand the mind’s dunes


Note: A mangled version of this poem has been published in an anthology and attributed to me. This is the correct version. This is my poem. © Mark Kerstetter

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