GALLOWS OF HOPE
You tighten your noose around my neck
Every time I look back and start to reflect
On all of my battles to earn your respect
Then you moved in to start tying the rope
That would hang me high from the gallows of hope.
I sit in your cell and remember the night
That you had begun to tie the noose right
By manipulating me with your midnight delight
Thereby loading your guns and throwing your rope
That would have me swinging from the gallows of hope.
When you came to retrieve me from that cell
You walked me back to the place where I fell
Weak in the knees to your soul-binding spell
And strung me up high from the your steel-encased rope
Then left me to dangle from the gallows of hope.
You used to say that everything was fine
You always came to me and said you were mine
All-the-while feeding me the lies on your line
That was added to the cable to lengthen the rope
Where I danced in the wind on the gallows of hope.
Somewhere in the darkness are shadows abound
And sometimes I feel you when you’re not around
Now that my breathing doesn’t make too much sound
My blood is left dripping down the knots of the rope
That keeps me tethered to the gallows of hope.
You and I never seemed to be more than a dream
Sometimes, in the end, things are more than they seem
But now I am choked so that I can’t even scream
Because your hands are still pulling hard on the rope
That strangles me on the gallows of hope.
I look down at you without much surprise
I watch as my life now drains through your eyes
And you cry haunted tears of blood and despise
That supply all the fabric for your poisonous rope
That injects me with death on the gallows of hope.
One thing is for sure about what I have learned
That trust is a spark that leaves someone burned
This I found out once the love tide had turned
Washing me up still tangled in rope
That hanged me and drowned me on the gallows of hope.
In the end I could see what your heart was about:
Deceit and destruction and black shadows of doubt
Too bad it’s too late for me to get out
For I am now one with your heartstring rope
That has made me a ghost on the gallows of hope.