Grace Notes

by John Dowling

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Grace sees the headlights glowing
Across the fields now they're growing
Getting close soon they're slowing
As he turns into the yard

Grace hears the back door swinging
Hears his voice softly ringing
But he can't hide the news he's bringing
From the one who knows his heart

He sends a smile but it doesn't ease her
Calls her name but he doesn't tease her
Holds her close but doesn't squeeze her
As tight as he did before

Grace feels a hesitation
An unintended revelation
A kind of agitation
Deep down inside his core

And Grace notes the changes
The subtle and the small
Grace notes the changes
Grace feels it all

She sets his things down on the coat rack
Waits a beat while he gets his breath back
Thinks about the looming long track
Now that she's got all the proof

The road ahead just gets steeper
The cancer's dug down even deeper
Does he think he's gonna keep her
From knowing all the truth


Fifty years by his side
Grace can see right through his lies
He wants to keep the strain all for himself
She lets it go, Grace lets it slide
There’s a time to push and a time to glide
And she wants to keep the pain all for herself



released July 15, 2016


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John Dowling Dalkeith, Ontario

A rural renaissance man wringing musical tales and tractor poetry out of the swamps and forests of Glengarry Ontario

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