The Imperfect

  The Imperfect I saw true glimpses of you In the flashing lights of a carnival wasteland Even through your ancestor’s coat And your white knuckles from holding it so tightly In order to comfort yourself That you are totally impenetrable And safe from suffering If you dare to let us fail wonderfully and descend into the imperfect I will overwhelm you with skeleton kisses And you will give me your...

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Shadow Altars

Shadow Altars Let me walk in your shadow And create altars made of feathers and bones In the sacred places wherever you rest Because each rock you touch is utterly holy Our ancestors’ drums are still beating As long as these wild hearts still move And either the world’s spinning again Or we’re dancing together without realizing You remind me of the ocean And I welcome your unknowable quality Because you...

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Last Prayer of the Night

Last Prayer of the Night Welcome to the great unwinding of inconsolable discontent These bones are rattling again to the rhythm of lost ancestors The twisting winds whisper doves in my ears But I hear them as knives and come back with claws Some mother is praying for her son in this moment As he finds his epiphany in the second to last...

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Skeleton Crow Hand

Skeleton Crow Hand There is a guitar playing in the distance And my ancestors are singing With their beautiful awful voices They say there are beatific fools among us still But these saints are the muddy variety Who like to take a drink And are unafraid to fight if called upon Look right at me tonight I’m still standing as sideways as ever And screaming out the ancient tunes Because my...

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Building

Building There is only one night to live And it is the longest black veil Constantly draped over our eyes Until the cloth runs out But we will never go quietly Because our hearts have taught us To fight until there is nothing left As these sad lands are our only friends How does it feel to be a rider in the night The wind whipping across our backs Never stopping...

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