The Wall (For Roger Waters)

I loved you, the way jewels are left unclaimed on the ocean floor. I loved you forevermore, and I knew all along that such a place does not exist.

I loved you, the way a pike devours a frog when it is not watching, you know how fast they can get out of the way.

I loved you night and day, I loved you in those solitude hours when the only noise is fear.

I loved you till I could no longer admit I didn’t.

And I loved you still, quiet like a rolling brook. Heavy like the dreams of children without children’s dreams.

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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