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Jailbird -Alex-

You locked yourself inside a hole
And you threw away the
You got so lost in the bottle that you 
Forgot just how to breathe
You're waiting for some saving grace
So you can fight off all your
But someday you'll have to save yourself
Before you drink yourself to 

You're the jailbird from next door
Who can't remember how
To fly
You're haunted by the monsters that destroyed 
You as a child
Now your world is black with shadows
It's darker than a moonless sky
You howl at the stars and pray for the steady
Warmth of daylight

What you couldn't see was there were
Angels all around you
Waiting in the background till they could 
See you with sober
They would have taken you with open
They would have bandaged all your wounds
But to risk your unaffected pride?
That's unthinkable 
To you

The truth is, you've become a vulture
You eat the heart out of
The good
You spit joy out like it's sour juice
And exchange happiness
For booze
And once again, you're on the edge
Ready to jump right off the 
Oh, jailbird, what will happen when there's no one
Left to break your fall?

And whatever happened to the boy I used 
To know?
The one I believed was worth saving, whom
I thought could be saved?
You strayed from your cage for quite awhile
It looked like you had a chance
It turns out, you could barely stay afloat, so you just 
Chose to drown
While you were knee-deep in quick sand, you 
Could have gotten out by

So you're packing up your bags, and
It's no doubt you'll have 
To go
Even the luckiest black cats have had 
To fight for their nine lives
You're down to the nubs of your nail-bitten soul
And the stakes are higher than ever
The next time you get up on top
Of that ledge
I hope it's because you've found the wings
So you can fly

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  1. Date: 2/6/2011 11:33:00 AM
    WOW, powerfull write my dear Annalee.. deep and desriptive... Im sure hits home for many...always Michael