Another coat of paint
To make these borrowed
Walls less tenebrous,
Because from here
Inside them
I’ve the sense their sallow
Looks assume a bit too deft
The semblance
Of the candles burning low.
And water on the windowpane
Draws vaguely somber
Pearls along the surface
Of these tired facades,
Like so much matted color
Dripping dusky to the floor
Where nothing much but
Footprints in the dust remain.

Another set of stains to
Cover up as if it’s just the time,
And time will come when
All the paint is dry.
These sleepy walls,
They’ll drink another coat of paint,
I’m sure,
And sure as well
I light another candle
As they do.

#Melbourne #Australia

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