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Where there's pleasure there'll be pain

So close I could feel her breath on my lips

So hot I thought I might do something silly

Like kiss her. Red faced I left the filing cabinet

Went back to my desk and spent the rest of

The afternoon head down, heart pounding


As I left the factory I saw her again at the gate

She turned and smiled a lingering smile that

Lasted long into the night prompting me to sit

Down at the piano and write:


Fabulous, I think you're fabulous

Fabulous, in every way

Twice as much, I love you twice as much

Twice as much, with every day...


I spent the whole night drifting in and out of

Dreams and schemes and all it means to be

In love with a beautiful you and by dawn I

Was ready for work and whatever love might

Throw at me…


Sad to say, love threw more at me than I

Expected and 3 months later


When you go home tonight to tell him you don't love him

Tell the kids the time has come for you to go

Tell them life is sometimes cruel and complicated

I'll be waiting at the dark end of the road


Selfish love that sprang so freely into being

Wasn't perfect but then love so rarely is

Came with family ready-made and ready waiting

Like a chapter in a book that doesn't fit


The world I saw was through the prism of perfection

Nothing like the hand of cards that I've been dealt

Did I have the right to wreck a happy family?

Looking back I should have looked before I leapt


What's done is done the hour has passed and gone forever

One child likes me whilst the other two do not

They see me as the man who hurt their father

But their mother sees me as the man she wants


I can't argue with their faces drawn against me

Tables turned I think that I would feel the same

There's no accounting for the places love will take you

No disguising where there's pleasure there'll be pain


©Joseph G Dawson


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