Me and Sylvia

From flesh to fire
I once knew you and your pages
You sat on my shelf at night
Thumbed through you and kept track
Of your verses and lines
I knew you word by word that I’d exclaim
Proud with my big head high

Me and Sylvia are best friends
We’re bound by blood and books
I’ve got her from hair to my shoe
They’d just stare like I’m in the gutter
While I’m looking up at my star

From womb to oven
Moving from one confined space
Straight into another, you died
Of shock, I’d tell the crowds
Your life was poetry to memorize
But I have each word etched on my soul
When I tell people that pass by

Me and Sylvia are best friends
We’re bound by blood and books
I’ve got her from hair to my shoe
They’d just stare like I’m in the gutter
While I’m looking up at my star

From hair to nail, tooth to tooth
I had you down to a single line
Which threw itself out the window
When I heard you’d never come around
Still, on the cold nights ahead
I’m warm from my pride
As I let the whole world know

Me and Sylvia are best friends
We’re bound by blood and books
I’ve got her from hair to my shoe
They’d just stare like I’m in the gutter
While I’m looking up at my star

Me and Sylvia
We’re stars
Stars buried in the mud
Here we lie, dead and dry

-Copyright 2008: Carter Tachikawa

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