Do you ever remember what I said on the day?
Where I said I would take us to Gairlochy Bay.
In an old boat house away from the world
We’d lose ourselves; the boy and the girl.
Did you forget the stillness of the trees?
Or the lakes, the grass, the woods, the reeds?
We would’ve have been there for days or an eternity
But in the end you chose the cold and severity
Of harsh, coarse buildings built like towers
You forgot the world of dreams and flowers.
Can you even picture a boat like a zephyr?
On which we would float on the heavens for a day, and forever.
Your earthy brown eyes once warm and inviting;
Hold now nothing but a room which I once spent a night in.
We did nought but talk and occasionally touch;
But with just a smile you did my heart so, so much.
An hour and forever if forever was a second;
To your heel I would come if you did nought but beckon.
The Boathouse is real I did not spin a tale;
Of a quiet hidden paradise between the lake and the vale
The fire remains lit and yet yours still needs igniting
But its light remains soft, warm and inviting.
An hour and forever and forever for me
For you just an hour between you and me.
The days are like starlight: cold and unfeeling
And like the paint on the walls your memory of me is peeling
For me it is perfect and like the lake unmoving
Its voice is like yours soft and soothing
The reeds gently play in the wind and the rain
Their thoughts of joy not of sadness and disdain
An hour and forever but what’s left is a few hours
I sit here on the porch with a vase and some flowers
They are wild flowers with colour so bold
Betony, bird’s foot and marigold
On this chair I have waited through the frost and the freeze
The lake has become hard now and won’t budge for the breeze
My fire is still lit but its embers are fleeting
It burns through the snow, the thaw and the sleeting
An hour and forever and once I was told
That love is much simpler as you grow old
The world says it’s spring but in your autumnal self
Without you have seeing it I’ve sacrificed my health
Lost beneath the lake and no rope to pull onto
I gladly float to the bottom with no world to look back to
An hour I had but it would take more than a day
To write in these pages what I feel
And those things I want to say
Give me forever at Gairlochy Bay
What I wish is to be with you forever;
Forever and a day.