I divorced the shadow of my shape
From the huddled herd of murmured names
To count my bones in the cover of the brush

In the tangle mass of hair I’d find
Seed of grass and climbing vines
And the scent of smoke, from that fire gleaned

Where we sang our songs on granite beds
And ate our bits of unleavened bread
With the tattoo of the stars across our shoulders

I catalogued the blood that bled
From kin and myth on fields of red
So I could hold that weight of terror in my veins

The dust of days and the names through age
Held down firm from those heavy rains
Pressed like petals beneath my page

I beg for water from bended bough
And those lovely trees would tip their crowns
So I could live my royal life for one more day

‘cause I arose without a noble birth
But I know just what my life is worth
The only thing I truly ever owned

But those trade winds try and keep me tau(gh)t
Between what I need and what I should want
All that fiction feathered from the steel that scrapes the sky

Cause they dreamt gold for me in the gilded age
But I woke to work at a lower wage
When all I wanted was a peace to call my own

There’s forgotten gods in our shattered blood
Held by threads of a single sun
Still poised to burn this stage from out your eyes

The actors will sing of a lion’s mane
And a fractured pearl on the abyssal plains
And a thousand sweeping visions to hard to hold

In these hands I got, that are hardly grown
They clasp and scratch, but cannot hold
A single second swollen in this space

So I’ll chase that color back through the prism
To find the light that bore the beginning
And touch the flame that hunts the vernal bloom

Cause this dust contains every beating heart
Like hooves of horses dancing through the dark,
We’ll carry that torch just to see how far.


from The Wilds of Your Heart, released May 15, 2013



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