The Canal

The Canal

take me back
to when the cider was heavy
and the way was long and unsure
take me back
to the days that I kissed
with patience and naive certainty
those days
when I never wasted a beer
take me back to that bedroom, that first kiss, that feeling
to when I was
her waking thought
her lunchtime talk
and her goodnight kiss
to when I was her first 'first' love
introduced to her father
over fish and chips
take me back
to the day that I spend in high school
that lasted 22 years
to me and Ian Curtis
holding on for dear
life
just take me out of this sequence
and back to those house of my youth
upon the canals edge
where the water was polluted
but our minds were crystal clear

- Elijah James