Tom Cunliffe


Joni Won’t Pose

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Joni drives the night away

With foreign tea and flowers picked in afternoons

And left for you in solitude

‘Til you return again to warm her room

Her floor is hard

Her sofa long

She draws you naked in her arms

She pencils in your body hair

You hold her charcoal legs in the air

But Joni won’t pose for your song  

Lonely she turns into the wind

With armoured lips and eyes that burn a brittle blue

She strides fairfooted through the morning dew

And sighs for everything you put her through

Her smell is sweet

Her tongue is free

Her hand will lead you to the sea

You’ll taste the ocean on her skin

She’ll dare you with her wild grin

But Joni won’t pose for your song
Boldly you stumble for her soul

Your humble words and simple tune

Won’t touch her world

Chasing shadows on a moonless night

Blinded by her stage lights

Her outline soft

Your colours bleed

Your pen won’t pen what your heart sees

It makes no difference to your song

But you know that she’ll listen when she’s gone

and Joni won’t pose for your song