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Modern romance, like Greek tragedy, celebrates the mystery of dismemberment, which is life in time. The happy ending is justly scorned as a misrepresentation; for the world, as we know it, as we have seen it, yields but one ending; death, disintegration, dismemberment, and the crucifixion of our heart with the passing of the forms that we have loved.
- Joseph Campbell


You took your leave suddenly
and it has broken me
try to navigate through the nights
but they're so lonely

Call to you in the haze of a fever dream
the how and why of what's become
they aren't what they seem

I'm just a ghost of myself and you the mist I breathe
Empty echoes from the years that were supposed to be
I quell the rage that poisons me from the inside
Colors falsify the world is just a fragile lie

Take away the part of me that found a safe place
Death stole in and I can't spit out the bitter taste
Wait for me across the stars where twisted fates toil
Bide my time, suffer the flames
Give up my blood for soil


released January 29, 2016
All words and music - joe Wilford




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