Before The Song Ends

There are songs I cherish so much,
songs that remind me of you
songs that remind me of us
songs that remind me you’re gone,
songs we listened to together
songs that break my heart
as I repeat them every night,
songs I can’t delete from my playlists
songs I can’t erase from my mind,
every lyric digging deep into
the treasure chest of our memories

Songs I find myself singing
when I’m alone, with a lot of pain
songs I’ve learnt to dance to
when I’m alone, with a lot of pain
songs we’d play on our long drives
songs we’d hum to when we cuddled
on the cold rainy evenings
with a little sip of hot cocoa,
slowly swaying our heads
to the sweet rhythm and melody
of these songs that cemented
our souls into a warm vibe

Songs that spoke to our love,
songs that made us whole
some of which I never liked
until you made me find
a sense of meaning in them,
some of which you never knew
until I introduced you to them,
songs we learned by heart
without any hard effort,
songs we quoted lyric for lyric
during our late night conversations,
at times leaving each other
little sticker notes in our diaries
with the good parts of these songs,
the highlights of the good old days

I’ve been listening to these songs,
singing along to them
reminding myself of you,
trying to figure out in which verse
we fell out of tune,
trying to figure out in which bridge
we lost our beautiful flow,
trying to figure out in which hook
we failed at love
I’ve been listening to these songs
keenly, every day since you left,
hoping that in one outro
you’ll open my door one more time
and make me marvel at your sight

Dance with me to the last few lines
before the song ends,
maybe we’d restart it
as we spark our once turned off flame,
maybe we’d play the next song
as we continue with our journey
holding each other close, in love

I’ve been listening to these songs, my love
and as I stare out the window
on this cold rainy evening, all lonely
I hope you’re listening to them too,
praying that the beautiful story
we once created will resume some day
without any interruptions,
hope that day will dawn soon

~ © John Acéx

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