one more chance

one more chance
he thought, elevating aspirations
finding hope in the here
the now, beyond what was
beyond the me that has always been
lost and pointlessly meandering
between this wish and that
never quite achieving
anything of real merit

one last chance to be seen
to be heard and known
perhaps even to be loved
before the curtain descends
on a life so very ignoble,
so easy to ignore,
so shamefully dully maintained
under clouds that never
quite found the courage
to disappear

With Laya V Smith at Inverness (May 2015)

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