For You – Ilana Charnelle

From the collaborative live art project, Tensions: Curated Work (2015)

After ‘Don’t Say’ by Elizabeth Brennan

 

We were cowards because we could’ve had it all

We could’ve raised a child but we let it all go

We were skin to skin but never one

We held it all in and now the talking’s done

 

Don’t say, ‘It’s been so long’, when you let me go

Don’t say you wanted me when you were the one who let go

Don’t ask me how I’ve been when you never said, ‘Stay’

Don’t speak to me unless it’s all the things you couldn’t say

 

We were liars because we saved face

We could’ve been so good but it all went to waste

And when I see you now you’re still everything

We’re holding it all in when I want to scream

 

Don’t say, ‘It’s been so long’, when you let me go

Don’t say you wanted me when you were the one who let go

Don’t ask me how I’ve been when you never said, ‘Stay’

Don’t speak to me unless it’s all the things you couldn’t say

 

If I could take it all back, suck the poison out of our past

I would, a thousand times for you

If I could mend the break, set our bones back in to place

I would, I would, a thousand times for you

For you

 

Don’t say, ‘It’s been so long’, when you let me go

Don’t say you wanted me when you were the one who let go

Don’t ask me how I’ve been when you never said, ‘Stay’

Don’t speak to me unless it’s all the things you couldn’t say

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