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If we were all suddenly somebody else


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The coffin dived out of site eased down by the men straddled on the gravetrestles. They struggled up and out; and all uncovered. Twenty.


If we were all suddenly somebody else.

Far away a donkey brayed. Rain. No such ass. Never see a dead one they say. Shame of death. They hide.


Couldn’t fathom it
broken and bashed with a twist
Dashed into crags and left
Shining with hatred at the edge
In the froth of the aftermath
I am not sinking
I rise from the bottom
inside and without
Swallow my doubt
Soak in the brine of silent resolve
My defiance is silence
not a voice or a shout

There are few hands
that have shaken through
The dust of remembrance
coughed into palms
No sun on horizons
the horses are slaughtered
Tourniquets tightened on simple instinct
Broken wings fluttering high over the brink
Drama - her blade tempered in half-truths
Slashes, splatters and poisons gashes
Of the last link

Stay-stay yourself
If we were all suddenly somebody else
Save-save save yourself
The sting in your eye begs you to blink it away

And yes I said yes I will yes

Dissolving in water and gray like gratitude
Swirled into ash and lava internally
Cadence hangs in the air like a memory
In spite of the smoke and its smoldering canopy
I see you emblazon the night with your spark
But I'll smash your lantern
and find my own way in the dark
find my way in the dark
under open skies


from WILD ANGELS, released December 7, 2010
Words and Music - joe Wilford




Joe Wilford Iowa City

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