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Keeping You Close

For Cotton

I still remember that last night
I begged you, “Please, do not go”
To keep you close now, I must write

You were once happy, loud, bright
But in that moment, you were so low
I still remember that last night

I promised it would be alright
It wouldn’t be, but I didn’t know
To keep you close now, I must write

You tried, but you lost the fight
From fate, it was a final blow
I still remember that last night

In my arms, you went toward the light
I didn’t want it to be time, though
To keep you close now, I must write

If I could, that pain I would smite
It’s too much when you’re six feet below
I still remember that last night
To keep you close now, I must write

December 15, 2013

Published inPoetry