It’s Not Good for Man to be Alone

I wrote thisΒ as a song, but I was especially proud of the lyrics so I modified them into readable format. Hope you like it.

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I lie awake as the night slips by.
The blackened clouds a mirrored mind;
They wash away, today, all that I’ve done.

It’s not good for man to be alone.

I ask, sincerely, when you look at me
Do you even know what it is you see?
I stare back from the glass, grey eyed and silent as a stone.

It’s not good for man to be alone.

“Don’t worry, kid, all you need is faith,”
But they never say how to chase away
The fear in knowing my mistakes are all I own.

It’s not good for man to be alone.

And so I spare the spider crawling down the shower wall
Then kill it without a second glance; it wouldn’t talk to me at all.

And even when I told you I was happy for you, dear,
The words cut deep; it was then I knew that you wouldn’t be happy here.

It’s always the same story— in fact, I’ll tell you how it goes:

It’s not good for man to be alone.

Hello, nice to meet you, I’ll say in advance that I’m sorry,
Because I’ll wink and you’ll fall in love and we both know this isn’t your happy story

Oh don’t worry, you’ll be fine.
You’ll meet another guy.Β He’ll smile; he’s kind
And he won’t lie to keep you safe
And I’ll say that’s great.
As for me I’ll just wait.
I’ll just wait.
I’ll just wait.
Now I’m waiting
and waiting
and waiting
and waiting
For what!? Nobody knows!
Not you, so just go.

I keep looking in the mirror.
It’s not getting any clearer.
ThenΒ the silver breaks—
Thirty piecesΒ of my face.
I pick them up.Β They are mine.
My reflection finally cast it
Now has lasted
A thousand lifetimes.

I cry,
But inside.
For I won’t let
My eyes get wet:
My mind unfet-
tered can’t regret.

And it scares me to think that a version of me will actually like what it sees.

But this too shall pass;
Like the daylight, nothing here lasts.
And when the sun goes down outside
It goes down on my mind.
Rewind.

And so I spare the spider crawling down the shower wall
Then kill it without a second glance; it wouldn’t talk to me at all.

Still awake, now the night’s gone by.
The sun comes up, and I’m still alive.
I face it, steady, solid as a stone.

It’s not good for man to be alone.

7 thoughts on “It’s Not Good for Man to be Alone

  1. Dear Mr. Ellis, I would like you to know that I am a big fan of your writing. So much so in fact that I have chosen this piece as one to read to my English class. We were given an assignment to chose a literary piece that we loved and share it with our class. I chose yours. I love reading your work, and it helps me to write better pieces of my own. Thank you for your contributions to the literary world. I salute you. Aye aye captain.

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