Once the years stop passing
And our fissures fade to grey
We two could have a reckoning
And determine who would pay.

I could admit my failures
You could admit yours too
We could each count the others
And weigh them up all in all.

I could then price your virtues
And you could price mine
A counter each to the other
Of all our losses over time.

It would start as a jigsaw puzzle

Become checkers for pennies
Until both of us are playing chess
Each move played for hoards of gold

And when the game is over?

We’ll agree on the victor
Let the loser pay the winner
And we both walk away.

As for me I’ll never call you

As for you the call never came
I found out what I always knew
I could never play that game.