DERMOT GLENNON
UNTITLED

When I asked you to marry me I think I liked your hair and skin But now the formerís like straw And the latterís wearing thin And your eyes were nice I really liked your eyes But they soon went and Iím looking at the window reflected on glass As if your soul had retreated in I used to like your hair and skin Itís why I asked you to marry me But the skin soon rots and your hairís like straw And I think they were all I loved you for But you are still here In an odd sort of way You pervade the house that we shared together Your smell still reeks through the house It reminds me of your laughter and smiles and everything Have I said I liked your hair and skin Itís why I asked you to marry me And I liked your eyes Because you had nice eyes But your eyes dropped out And your skin is rotten I still love you though and I havenít forgotten The way you looked on our wedding day With your hair all brushed And your eyes all moist And I look at you now; what a terrible waste But although youíre old, your waistís still thin I think I liked your hair and skin When I asked you to marry me I think thatís what I loved you for ĎThough the latterís thin and the formerís straw Things are different now and I love you more As we sit and share the silence Equally between us In the stillness of the attic Where you slowly rot to dust Propped up in the chair Dressed in your wedding dress I wrap the blanket Ďround you To keep the warmth and moisture in I used to love your hair and skin But now I love you so much more ĎThough your skin is dry and your hair is straw And I liked your eyes Because you had nice eyes But Iíll take them out because the lids donít close And you used to get such bad night terrors Like the ones you got on the night you died Before I sponged you down with formaldehyde And brought you here to the attic From where your smell pervades my house With a rickety bed to lay you in Where I still make love with your hair and skin.


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