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    When They Come Looking for Me

    When They Come Looking for Me

    (Scene: A Graveyard: In the foreground, a hooded figure sits against a headstone. Mournful string music plays. He begins to sing softly)

    I’ve never been famous—
    but some in foreign lands know my name
    And I wasn’t a jet setter—
    but I have friends across the ocean just the same
    I’ve spoken before crowds, and I’ve spoken before few;
    And I’ve heard people say, “Oh, it’s good to see you!”
    But things fell apart, and my world went so dark—
    And now sometimes I don’t know what to do.

    I wander through corridors deep in my mind
    Clinging to faith but it’s so hard to find
    When people don’t care, and sometimes I think God doesn’t care either—
    Off somewhere in the ether
    So I put on my mask and I go face the world
    Though I feel like a hypocrite just mouthing words
    But I know in my heart I’m doing the best that I can—
    For a broken man

    (Music swells)

    And maybe someday they’ll come looking for me,
    Yet that is a day I know I’ll never see
    But I’ll bet you I know
    Just how it will go—
    On that day they will be searching to find
    The man that they all left so far behind
    A day that will live in infamy—
    Because I won’t be here—
    By the time they come looking for me

    Endless black hallways that split into more—
    All of them lined with great oaken doors
    The choices seem many, but the doors are all shut
    The locks all encrusted in cobwebs and rust
    But I try every door and hope one will give way—
    ‘Cause I’m tired of this prison, I need freedom today
    But there are chains on my heart, bars in my mind
    And I wonder if there’s anything out there to find…

    Constantly rolling the boulder uphill
    Existing on prayer and the force of my will
    Ducking and dodging the arrows and slings
    While the dragon of madness sits and gnaws at its chains
    Angry heat melts the feathers from my wings of wax
    And my nerves go up in smoke like a thread made of flax
    But should the chain break or the stone roll back down
    I'll still fight every moment that I'm still around

    (Music swells)

    And maybe someday they’ll come looking for me,
    Yet that is a day I know I’ll never see
    But I’ll bet you I know
    Just how it will go—
    On that day they will be searching to find
    The man that they all left so far behind
    A day that will live in infamy—
    Because I won’t be here—I won’t be here—
    I won’t be here—

    (Music stops)

    (The singer slides over to reveal his name on the tombstone he's leaning against)

    (Music)

    By the time they come looking for me...

    10/29/2022
    Pendragon
    Last edited by Pendragon; 11-22-2022 at 11:35 AM. Reason: Misspellings
    Some of us laugh
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    Some of us smoke
    Some of us lie
    But it's all just the way
    that we cope with our lives...

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    On the road, but not! Danik 2016's Avatar
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    A forceful poem, Pendragon!
    Thanks for the visit!
    "I seemed to have sensed also from an early age that some of my experiences as a reader would change me more as a person than would many an event in the world where I sat and read. "
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    Wonderful poem. Sisyphus, masks; shades of Shelley, Poe, and Hitchcock. Sounds like you have a video short in mind

    Pray all is well.

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    Thank you. Yeah, if I could do videos, it would do as a gothic video. I'm ok. Thanks for asking.
    Some of us laugh
    Some of us cry
    Some of us smoke
    Some of us lie
    But it's all just the way
    that we cope with our lives...

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