Toll

I know I put a great burden on you
To stay when the dark night took me
When laughters fire turned to ash
Swept by cold winds between my teeth

When the summer left my spirit
And cruel autumns did descend
You tended new moon embers
To light a future starlit spring

I know I put a great burden on you
To swim through treacherous seas
When the tanker of my anger
Might spill its oil over me

You captained the boat so often
midnight storms and starless skies
My love could be a sextant
Or blind my navigators eyes

I learned what toll this forge extracts
In being loved by you
It is the dark place within a bell
That causes it to ring so true.

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