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Perish the thought 
For I can see
The loneliness in me
Silence to my mind 
Has brought
A longing to be free

Free from danger
Free from trust
Free from things I feel

Emancipate my soul
And banish all things real

Perish thoughts that torment me
And grind them down to dust
Redefine my tangled mind
And gather what I must

Gather feeling
Gather need
Gather all things real

Reimburse my empty heart
And allow my soul to heal

Copyright © David Byrne

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  1. Date: 10/16/2010 12:31:00 AM
    I fell like life has given me a raincheck for happiness, to reimburse my heart for all the damage it has inflicted. I'd sometimes like cash in those rain checks to just stop the grief a day or two. I pulled this up again from my favorites and realised I have four of your poems marked from my six favorites. Thank you, you moved me again.

  1. Date: 8/25/2010 10:56:00 AM
    great write good love song to take deep into the night

  1. Date: 6/30/2010 11:27:00 PM
    I remember crying out for the 'morrow's light, and your words again invoke powerful emotion in me. You are a gifted poet to capture emotion in words so perfectly.

  1. Date: 6/22/2010 3:29:00 PM
    perish is just the right word. because you never know, in time, those unwanted things just might perish.& its true. this is a great write.. i hope these things are granted to you soon. ~Always&Forever Lynette

  1. Date: 6/18/2010 12:33:00 PM
    Its called "clearing out" and it works like a charm David... once the old has passed or in this case perished .. the next phase kicks in for happiness.. wonderful words my friend.. am leaving Sunday morning till July 4th for vacation..with my one and only right now...haha... u know the story... then we shall she what progress is made.. with luv from the "Sweetheart"

  1. Date: 6/17/2010 12:37:00 AM
    wow, another one I can identify with.. Time seems to work for me when I feel this way :) rgds Wilma

  1. Date: 6/16/2010 6:28:00 PM
    If only there were a way to free ourselves of the feelings that torment us, David. Caroline expressed some wise thoughts below. If we find "the light," it can have a healing quality. Well done, David! Love, Carolyn

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  1. Date: 6/15/2010 9:23:00 PM
    Hey, way to play off that expression perish the thought. great writing today! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 6/15/2010 8:13:00 PM
    Look to the light, and let it seep inside, it is very nurturing. Very well written.