Roman Candles In The Rain

Lyric by Clive James, music by Pete Atkin

Nothing for and everything against;
Little distance kept and less to gain;
We're fireworks the weather tries to quell
But a Roman candle still works in the rain.

And so we win and hold our little space
And that much ground is all ours for a while —
So very small it keeps us face to face;
We knock each other sideways with a smile.

For we are Roman candles in the rain
Quick to end but lucky to begin;
Taking just so long to flare and die
As widens out a tired child's eye
Before the pouring midnight closes in.

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