Hummingbird In Reverse

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Found out in Rostock that you’d be gone in forty-five
The removal of the mortal minute maker machine with
green lit peaks and valleys
stretching evenly apart, flat line

It was too damn bright in the grotesquely beautiful park
Thick blades of grass grew, sunlight wooed
the white blossom trees
and factory sleeves smoked the sky

All of the singing in the air couldn’t be stopped
It’s better to have loved and lost
And I never once felt lonely for you but now I do
It’s stark as his stance at the window pane some where
Saturated spring, hummingbirds flying in reverse
I get caught in the blur of pouring rain

Now I’m in the ghost corridor
where the veins live
where they pump it
all that blood I want to give you
as your heart thumps loosely inside a wicker cage

We’re as loyal as fire
we stick around just long enough to burn things down

So I can’t help the ping pong forethought of descendants
Is it a security to have someone to miss with
Or is it so that they can miss me
So that every good thing that happens to them happens to me
So I can watch from the front yard as they pull away from me
And when I dissolve into the earth there’s a person to represent
all that I stood for

Or isn’t it? Since I’ve been building up the same house with the
same materials
and then knocking it to the ground
I don’t want to pass on hand me downs though given a body to expel
it’s own replacement

It feels the roles have been set for years
We inherit each other’s tears
and fumble around in the giving purse
What’s worse?

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from Idols In The Dark Heart, released September 9, 2014

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