Writing Exercise #14

Direct Address:

“Sentimental Lady” –

Verse

The sidewalk runs from late day rainfall

Washes scraps of paper up against the grate

Backing up in shallow puddles

Oil floats like dirty rainbows

Splashed by cooling raindrops as I step across the street

I know where I’m headed for

Slip inside

Shut the door

Chorus

I’m a sentimental lady

I don’t mind it when it’s raining

Doesn’t really matter when it ends

A sentimental lady

Sipping tea in perfect safety

Tucked away in secret with a friend

Verse

I love these floors of blonde and amber

Hanging ivies lace my windows smooth and green

I live inside these graceful patterns

Afternoons I read your letters

All that matters here inside my memories and dreams

I know where I need to be

Tucked away

Alone and free

Chorus

I’m a sentimental lady

I don’t mind it when it’s raining

Doesn’t really matter when it ends

A sentimental lady

Sipping tea in perfect safety

Tucked away in secret with a friend

Bridge

I made my mind up long ago

Not to look again

My life was full

I sit content

Knowing I’ve had its best

Chorus

I’m a sentimental lady

I don’t mind it when it’s raining

Doesn’t really matter when it ends

A sentimental lady

Sipping tea in perfect safety

Tucked away in secret with a friend

“Digging For The Line”

Verse

Oh, you loved to watch the greyhounds

You lived to watch ’em run

Breathless as they slow danced past

Like bullets from a gun

Muscles wound like springs of steel

Aching to unwind

Caught up in their rhythm

You swayed in perfect time

Even when the chains of age

left you weak and blind

You still could feel their rhythm

Refrain: Digging for the line

Verse

Even as a child I knew

They greyhounds never won

Though one of them might finish first

It wasn’t why they’d run

Sliding on a rail of steel

A rabbit made of clay

Stayed up just ahead of them

Led the dancers all the way

Circle after circle

Panting just behind

They ran with grace and beauty

Refrain: Digging for the line

Bridge

It hurt to see them run

A race they’d never win

But you smiled and made me see

Remember what you said to me?

Verse

That “a greyhound lives for running

It’s the strongest drive he has

And though he never wins the race

The losing’s not so bad

If he never ran at all

In time he’d surely die

The only world he cares to know

Is one that’s always streaking by

It isn’t what runs up ahead

It isn’t what’s behind

The beauty’s in the way it feels

Refrain: Digging for the line”

Author: Roe

29. she/her. Songwriter & Trek Punk Soul™.

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