Break in the Rain

I've been waiting too long, for a break in the rain

Making up some new truth, watching these old clouds move

I'm thinking I might do the same.


I'll will set up my chair here and rock me to the edge of this porch

Hoping I might fall down into the grass and muddy ground

And be someplace I wasn't before.


I get these two feet, but damn them

A broken heart can't beat worth the living

I'm here in the rain and sleet and the wind and...

....God gave me a river for to wash me away.


I've been crying for days now and somehow the sun it never ceases to shine

Lord is this some big trick tell me I can make it

And cross into your loving light


When the man from the town came, he took more than my dear Jenilee

He took my boy Isaiah, and when I see the rain come

I feel like he done taken all of me!


I get these two feet, but damn them

A broken heart can't beat worth the living

I cried and I witnessed lord as he took them

....God gave me a river for to wash me away.


© Della Croce

In Confidence

Well it’s always been this way

And I can’t stop it

I’m not asking you to change

The way you’re living

It’s harder on you than me

It’s harder on you


But holy hell, girl

That’s where you’re going tonight

It’s where you’re headed in life

Turning your back on the story

And it gains ground

So you write me in just to knock it out

But I’ll never get around

To your holy, holy hell


You archive every thought

And seldom speak

Cause you love it put-upon

All that I need

It’s harder on you than me

It’s harder on me


Cause I’ve seen…

Holy hell, girl

And that’s where we’re going tonight

It’s where we’re headed in life

Turning your back on the story

And it gains ground

So you write me in just to knock it out

But I’ll never get around

To your holy, holy hell








It’s harder on you

It’s harder on you

It’s harder on you

It’s hard


Holy hell, girl

That’s where we’re going

It’s where we’re headed

Turning your back on the story

And it gains ground

So you write me in just to knock it out

But I’ll never get around

To your holy, holy, holy

To your holy, holy, holy,

To your holy, holy hell


It’s harder on you

It’s harder on you


© Della Croce

Weak Days

I need a fix I'm coming down

And you're the only one

Who knows what gets me back upon my feet

But now you've left me here

And I am on my own

You have another who can give you what you need


Well this is one of my weak days

It comes in with the moon

It's never been easy

And I'm alone in this big room

it's one of my weak days

It's bringing me to a weak end

I'm feeling uneasy

I have no honor to defend

It's one of my weak days


I told myself that I was done

And when I looked at you

My heart would stop this quickening of pace

And when you speak to me

I try my best not to believe

That I could cause that look upon your face (but I do)


Well this is one of my weak days

It comes in with the moon

It's never been easy

And I'm alone in this big room

it's one of my weak days

It's bringing me to a weak end

I'm feeling uneasy

I have no messages to send

It's one of my weak days


Well I'm wearing thin I'm getting thinner

There's nothing worse than a lonely sinner

Fire in my heart Fire in my heart

I keep coming back to this

I kept away from all the risk

And still you broke my heart

Still you broke my heart

Well I'm strong, but it's amazing

Cause there's nothing that can

Save me from my weak days

Well this is one of my weak days

It comes in with the moon

It's never been easy

And I'm alone in this big room

it's one of my weak days

It's bringing me to a weak end

I'm feeling uneasy

I have no honor to defend

It's one of my weak days


© Della Croce

Monument

Hold on, this is what I need

Four walls to help completing me

Is it worth talking

Are we putting this to rest?

I want a change

But there is no comparison


What if the sky fell tomorrow

Down on my monument

And all of the love that we left there

Imperfect document

Cause when you are gone from this place

The past feels so present

What if all that we had dreamt up

In spite, it still exists

Because it is


Hold out

The world will not slow down

Some things

You have to live without

Within boundaries

You cannot get around

Like this space

To which I am bound


© Della Croce

Lille

When the world writes down your name

They won’t know

Disclose the target of your aim

And let me go

Come and take off all your cares

I won’t say

Is distance ever really there

Invade

Invade


It’s all that I can do

I cannot lie if I don’t know truth

Do you see me when I speak to you

If all is lost, give me proof

If all is lost, give me proof


If there ever was a use

For my love

Justify me as a muse

Enough

Cause I don’t act upon your life

The same

But you’re an agent of my heart

Invade

Invade


© Della Croce

Pacific Coast Hearbreak

Well it’s been too long since I’ve made my bed

You see my mind’s in the clouds and I’ve got a heart of lead

And I’m afraid that it loses shape

And your outline here is something I can’t erase.


I need to go to the mountains I need to talk to God

I need to fall out of favor with the one that I was

I need to stir up some rushing and some wanderlust

I need to get out of trouble, I need to fall in love

And you’re trouble, love

Well it’s been too long since I’ve slept alone

You know I pulled up stakes, and dammit, I left my home

And my sorry heart you more than broke

I watched as you strung it out there at the end of my rope


And when you see the pacific I hope it makes you cry

Realize what you’re missing since I said goodbye

And when your new love stops shining and it’s rusted down

Know that I may be landlocked, but I’m not around.

Because I went to the mountains, because I walked to God

And soon I fell out of favor with the one that I what

I got to stir up some rushing and some wanderlust

I got the hell out of Nashville and I fell in love

And you’re trouble, love


© Della Croce

Rebecca Henry

Rebecca Henry puts her shoes on different from me, this I know

And when she’s angry Rebecca Henry she grits her teeth to let it show

Rebecca Henry walks on the holy water that you drown in every day

She smells like cigarettes, she’s never having kids

She doesn’t know her maker’s name

I wanna know who made her

‘Cause she’s got a Walden pond hidden around somewhere

I’m gonna find it and make a little sense

Ask her what is time, she says you are and so am I

But I, I have to admit

Rebecca Henry doesn’t see me, so I don’t exist

Rebecca Henry sells her paintings to her parents and their friends

But if I had money, if I had eyes to see, she’d have my currency instead

Rebecca Henry got for herself a degree

And now she knows the truth, I can’t help but believe

If I have limbs to reach and she has lungs to breathe

There are mouths to kiss like the sand and the sea


© Della Croce

Then, Now

I may not remember

The first time I saw you

Cause this was a slow burn

The pace of your laughter

And avoiding capture

Was my only concern


Oh but then we were lovers

Just watching the sun rise

With coffee in bed

You take me back to the mountains

Reciting your poems

With my head on your chest


Are we who we were then, now?

And will you come back if I change

I loved you so much that I fell away

And I miss your touch every day


These days you don’t look at me

And I cannot blame you

It’s hard on your heart

Our journals are empty

Nothing is missing

It’s not who we are


I wish I knew the answer

I hope this goes away

I wish I knew the answer

I just want you to stay


© Della Croce

Catherine Street

I set up shop on Catherine Street

The rain it pours, it soaks my feet

And when it snows, no one can see

It melts like tears upon my cheeks

Your holy words, you're helpless eyes

I'll hold you back you'll take my life

So when I'm gone, don't be surprised

I've got a plan, I'm doing fine


Take care to meet yourself if you have to go away

It’s a necessary evil, it is hidden in the shame

You can find me there in the back of the train

I’ve been writing you this letter

Since the day I saw the rain

Coming down, down on Catherine street

The snow and ice crack underfoot

We make our way past lamplight crooks

The wind it blew then, but nothing shook

The night my motive finally took

© Della Croce


Illuminations

I’ve got this book here

Can’t put it down, I

Won’t sleep a wink tonight

My mind harbors worry, it’s omnipresent

It’s moving towards me, yet

Cause I know every outline

I know every curve of every letter

That makes its way into the word

And illumination makes it worse

Illumination makes it worse

Oh dear

We don’t need cover art

I know the ending

I saw the narrative arc

You, unsuspecting will save my teary eyes

Save your precious time

© Della Croce