1. You Were Gone
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You were gone
like a fly lighting
on that wall
with a spider in the corner

You were gone
like last week’s paycheck
for this week’s bills

You were gone
like the years between
twenty-five and thirty
as if somehow

You never existed
and if it wouldn’t be
for the gray hairs
I’d never know that
You had come

All Songs © 2008 by Louis Rosen & Nikki Giovanni. Publisher: Lullwater Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
Poetry © 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999 by Nikki Giovanni