Contest comment: I almost didn't want to vote for this piece, even though it was so stunning, because it has the voice of a very particular poet here. (Heads up, I was right!) But after reading all of the pieces in this round multiple times, it was ultimately one of my top three in this round so I needed to. The imagery in this one is really what set this piece apart for me, I listened to the song while reading this and it was so different. Starkly different. The song was much more plain and it almost lacked personality to me, but the poem was filled with a personal take to a mixture of lines from the song and made them even more beautiful. Even though this was a contest piece, I feel as though it is one of my favorite on this site to date.
And now I am nominating it because this is still one of my favorites and beautifully penned.