Song from an Old Movie

A soldier, leaving for the wars,
was saying a last farewell;
beneath a streelight he met his girl
while snowflakes swiftly fell.

"I had a dream the other night
of a battle far away,
and when the noise and smoke were gone
cold, cold and still I lay.

And in my dream in the dark of night
my love, I saw you too,
you stood here as you stood tonight,
but waiting for someone new."

The snowflakes fell around the girl,
she did not say a word,
she took the soldier's hand and smiled
as if she had not heard.

copyright © 1998 Gordon Fitch