Land of the Stunted Trees

BY DAVID DONAHUE

I wish I could have said goodbye long ago

Driving here wouldn't be so metronome

Heading by this house I know

It couldn't still be home to you

Lock it up in the distant past

Trouble me

I still call it yours

Among other things

 

And then I remember

You're the one eroding my heart

In the land of the stunted trees

I walk alone through frigid nights

Wondering to myself

How could you just walk away?

Didn't our friendship mean anything?

And so I set my eyes to November

And thank the heavens for all the times

We kept each other alive

 

Winding through the skinny forest

A cold winter breeze finds me

Singing to its whispers

Surrounds me with your last words

And memories of a better year

Forget I said I did not care

I still miss you dear

 

And then I remember

You're the one eroding my heart

In the land of the stunted trees

I walk alone through frigid nights

Wondering to myself

How could you just walk away?

Didn't our friendship mean anything?

And so I set my eyes to November

And thank the heavens for all the times

We kept each other alive

 

I let the radio burn out

To the tune of jingle bells

Yell out to carols of summer

And the temperatures from hell

Wintry ocean shorelines in my rearview

Wasting time on the back roads

And having nowhere to go

There's a warm cup of hot chocolate somewhere

And I hope to God

You're the one it's near

 

And then I remember

You're the one eroding my heart

In the land of the stunted trees

I walk alone through frigid nights

Wondering to myself

How could you just walk away?

Didn't our friendship mean anything?

And so I set my eyes to November

And curse the heavens for all the times

I've kept you alive

 

Lying now in my oversized bed

With too many thoughts still tied up in my head

A faded cross breathes on the window still

Crucifying my hopeless dreams of you

It's scars like these that bury me down

In the land of the stunted trees