Why would I not ?

Life script, John Lyons (20 x 20 cm, oil on canvas)

Why would I not ?

Of course I take it personally
           whether you love me or not
whether you betray me or not
           whether you fail me
or fail to understand me or not
           I bear the soul of a private man
ploughing by day the furrows
           of city streets in which squirrels
run rampant and gold is amassed
           in steely towers of greed

So I live and die for words
           for unsolicited acts of tenderness
for the beauty of light on water
           for the delicacy of moonlight
that pierces the night sky
           Of course I take our lives seriously
your life and mine : and tell me
           why would I not ?

John Lyons



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