This poem is actually a song by Bob Dylan. So many good songs have tension in the lyrics. (“if I stay there will be trouble….If I go there will be double.”) Just kidding….maybe not the best example. But honestly I think we are drawn to songs with tension because they are more sincere and true to life. Our deepest emotions are, more often than not, layered and in competition with each other. This song is a perfect example
I can hear the turning of the key
I’ve been deceived by the clown inside of me.
I thought that he was righteous but he’s vain
Oh, something’s a-telling me I wear the ball and chain.
My patron saint is a-fighting with a ghost
He’s always off somewhere when I need him most.
The Spanish moon is rising on the hill
But my heart is a-tellin’ me I love ya still.
I come back to the town of the flaming ruins
I see you in the streets, I begin to swoon.
I love to see you dress before the mirror
Won’t you let me in your room one time, before I disappear?
Everybody’s wearing a disguise
To hide what they’ve got left behind their eyes.
But me, I can’t cover what I am
Wherever the children go I’ll follow them.
I march in the parade of liberty
But as long as I love you I’m not free.
How long must I suffer such abuse
Won’t you let me see you smile one time before I cut you loose?
I’ve given up the game, I’ve got to leave,
The pot of gold is only make-believe.
The treasure can’t be found by men who search
Whose gods are dead and whose queens are in the church.
We sat in an empty theater and we kissed,
I asked ya please to cross me off-a your list.
My head tells me it’s time to make a change
But my heart is telling me I love ya but you’re strange.
One more time at midnight, near the wall
Take off your heavy make-up and your shawl.
Won’t you descend from the throne, from where you sit?
Let me feel your love one more time before I abandon it.
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