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  1. 06 53 Letters

From the recording Holding the Threads

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53 Letters

53 letters you wrote me that autumn
Hope sent in small careful lines
Your words said your heart was still pledged to another
But I could pretend it was mine
You gave me 53 reasons to doubt you
And I didn’t want to resist
And when you returned in the spring still encumbered
We shared one prohibited kiss

Ooo we had no chance
Caught in the sway and the balance
But oh how enticing was that dance

Seven months later with three states between us
I’d put you out of my mind
When you asked if I'd like to come for a visit
I left discretion behind
And even though I too had my own beloved
When caught in your orbit, I fell
I never told him where I’d gone that weekend
The start of just one more farewell

Ooo we had no chance
Caught in the sway and the balance
But oh how enticing was that dance

I still have those 53 letters you wrote me
Tucked in a box on a shelf
I haven’t reread them but still they remind me
Of stories I tell to myself
Since then I’ve been careful of hunger and heartache
I’ve hidden my yearning from view
But I learned that autumn I couldn’t be trusted
And I still fear that it’s true

Ooo we had no chance
Caught in the sway and the balance
But oh how enticing was that dance


© Beth DeSombre 2024