If I must Die LKet It Not Be Loniness That Kills Me

by Reginald T. Jackson

If I must die,
If I must die
If I must die
Let it not be
Loneliness
That kills me

If I must bleed
Let it not be
A Pair of steely eyes
That cuts me

If I must beg
Let it be for
More kisses that
I pine

If I have to fall
Let it be
In love that
I tumble hard

The night is a cold place
The dark holds no one
My bed is an iceberg
A float in a sea of turmoil

My only prayer is
If I must die,
If I must die
If I must die
Let it not be
Loneliness
That kills me

My mouth is dry
Wanting wet warm lips
My arms are weary
From holding out my
Heavy heart stretched far
My trunk aches for
Someone to wrap
Around it and squeeze tight
Squeeze tight, squeeze tight
Gently

If I must starve
Let it not be
For the breed of romance
That I go hungry

If I must drown
Let it not be
In my own tears
That I go down

If I must go crazy
Let it be
From pillow talk
That rings in my ears
Over and over and over
Again

Sometimes I am broken
A razor in one hand
My seed in the other
Looking for a reason
To greet the dawn
Once again

This tribe of purple knights
Can tare you inside out
Leaving you doubting your name
Or cursing what you know is right

I swear I didn’t choose it
It snagged me instead
Sometimes I feel blessed
Often I wish I was dead

But it is not like me
To go gently into that night
My resolve pushes me on
Raging screaming with fight

My battle cry remains
If I must die,
If I must die
If I must die
Let it not be
Loneliness
That kills me

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