1st Place Winner, January/February 2014: “Songs I’d Never Sing”

1st Place
“Songs I’d Never Sing”
John Carlson
Holly Springs, North Carolina

Goin’ through the motions and sometimes it’s not so bad
And then I start remembering all the things I could’ve had
Where have all my friends gone that I met along the way
Like all the dreams I’ve ever had, they’ve just slowly slipped away

And the years leave only lines on my face
And my tears keep falling in one place

Through younger eyes I saw a ship in which I’d steer
Chest into the wind I’d go where others feared
But now the child bears a child and the boy becomes a man
The torch my father carried is now placed into my hands

And the years just sail on by
And to my ship I wave good bye

The grandeur of an elusive dream
Gives way to smaller things
Now I’m singing songs I swore I’d never have to sing
Now I’m singing songs I swore I’d never have to sing

 

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