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I wish I could lift that dark curtain
clouding that once-wonderful sun – 
An old light you haven’t seen for days,
or maybe even years

I hate the moments when
your bloodshot, tear-filled eyes
scream at me for comfort,
And all can give is rage and frustration;

When all I can share is the helplessness
echoed by your tired refrain
for medicine I cannot give you

I want to pour my love into you,
Inject it into your quivering veins,
Like some magical syringe 
That will make things better

I wish my arms could cure
Those dark thoughts that slither and scream,
Tormenting your sick soul,
Telling you lie after lie

I wish my voice could calm
That terrible storm that batters your brain,
With lightning that thunders and cracks,
Erupting loud and sudden

I want to be your saving grace,
Your burning beacon – 
The warmth that shines
When all the world is dark 

I want to be the boat that brings
Your drowning heart ashore,
When you cry and gasp for love,
but find nothing

I’m sorry that I’ve changed so much,
And that you’ve changed so little,
And I’m sorry for adding more ghosts
To the haunted halls you walk each day

I only want to let you know,
That no matter how dark the night may seem,
And no matter how much your body aches,
That I’ll be there to walk beside you.

Copyright © Nick Ruff | Year Posted 2016


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  1. Date: 6/15/2016 5:44:00 AM

    Emotional and honest poem..