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Safe In This Dark
by Jessi Albano

Okay, first of all, I am _not_ responsible for this. I was minding my own business when Morgan Tyler suddenly starts singing this song in my head. She did this for two days straight and I had to finally write the lyrics down to get her to shut up. Then we had this long argument about how I couldn't put it into music because I didn't write, read or play music.

Crazy talk, I know, but you know me long enough you get used to it.

Anyway, I haven't written a poem in years -- not since 1996, according to my poetry notebook, so I am well-aware that it's not much as poetry goes, but it sounds a lot better in my head, with the music playing and Morgan singing with the proper phrasing and harmony. Who would've thought Morgan liked country music? We're not supposed to know she can sing till eps 7 or 8, but she doesn't actually sing this in any of the eps, so what the heck.

Sap seatbelts on? Here goes...

Jessi Albano
SeuneAeryk@hotmail.com

In this dark I lie awake,
And watch you as you sleep --
Rumpled hair and tangled sheet,
Babe, you make me want to weep.
In this dark your every breath and beat,
Washes through me, soft as mist.
Till everything just fades away,
And this dark is all there is.
Babe, you make me want a million things.
I know can't ever be,
So I lie awake and watch you sleep
Safe in this dark with me.

I've always been a soldier
Lived through half a dozen wars,
And I've got more scars than I care to count
Lost more friends than there are stars.
I've cut down every fear I faced
I've shut out every scream --
And still don't have the guts that it would take
To close my eyes and dream.
Babe, you make me long for summer days
I know I'll never live to see --
So I lie awake and watch you sleep
Safe in this dark with me.

Safe in this dark I'll keep you,
Close enough to pretend --
That tomorrow's light-years away,
That this dark will never end.
Close enough to touch you,
If I dared to cross that line --
And fool myself into believing,
I could call more than this dark mine.
Babe, I'd give the rest of my days on Earth
Give up sun and stars and sea --
To lie awake and just watch you sleep
Safe in this dark with me.

Babe, I'd give what's left of this tattered soul
To simply let things be --
To lie awake and just watch you sleep
Safe in this dark with me...

Copyright Jessi Albano 1999
25 March 1999, 12:05 AM