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Inside Man

If you could see inside my mind
I’d lose the you I love,
the one who laughs at my
stumbles and stutters
who sees the blond shine
and dark shadows on my face
and thinks a joke will make it all right
and wipe the lines from my brow,
but don’t look too close
or peer behind my eyes.
There lurks a world made somewhere else,
with monsters that will one day
slide between us,
will lure you and your tender heart
with promises of a forever love
and sanctuary for your soul
that knows too intimately the reality
of these streets,
and when you have believed the words of succor
and feel safe at last, then, oh! then, my love,
they will attack.