Villanelle to The Girl in the Hall

Sarah Laughton (2001)

In case you wondered why I smiled at you
When I passed you on the hall
I once loved someone who looked like you.

Though her eyes were brown and yours were blue.
You were dark-haired, sweet faced and tall.
In case you wondered why I smiled at you.

Your lips, soft and full, were like hers too,
A gentle kiss I still recall,
I once loved someone who looked like you.

I can't bear to see her, so I look at you,
With no power to make me fall.
In case you wondered why I smiled at you.

I'm haunted and I don't know what to do
I'm lost and lonely here, that's all
I once loved someone who looked like you

So I stopped and stared at you,
A pretty stranger in the hall.
In case you wondered why I smiled at you:
I once loved someone who looked like you.

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