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commissioned for the Fall 2011 issue of Esopus
we'll no longer be bothered by that man
he is handcuffed to the sand
bound by an elastic tether
that cannot stretch forever
your fears are stuck now in the past
like a dumb bird trying to fly through glass
you are safe on the other side
at least for a time.
"a tiny insect can fall
from a great height and not be harmed at all,"
you think from the edge of the roof of a jail,
"it's all just a matter of scale."
your very best dear friend
can wait down at the bottom where you'll land
but from this height your body and her arms'll
crash like glass against marble.
behind the veil of base survival
your life makes love to its great rival
and its screaming, crying, brood
lives inside you.
released November 3, 2011
Recorded at home July-August 2011
Mark David Ashworth: Vox, Guitar, Piano, Electronics
Shaun Lowecki: Drums
Nadia Shihab: Violin
Taylor Jacobs: Electric Guitar
Tristan Arnold: Upright Bass