This is a traveling song (7)

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7. This is a traveling song

The escaped convict’s story is a traveling story.
The language is full of gaps and problems of tense.

One time you asked for a sign and found a shell.
Add one minute for every thousand miles.

We learn to speak by hearing sounds
and deciding what they mean.
My father was alive, but he was tired.

Sensitive to distances, the dangers
of spring. Guessing
what lies beneath the ground.

What moves below the ground
What stirs
under the ground
Guessing about weather
Imagining the rooms

Some days finding glass,
mostly green. Blue is rare.
Add another minute.
Do they know we’re here?

Learn the lesson of the pioneer.
Learn by losing.

Everybody’s trying to get home.

We waited for the optimum conditions,
but in the end we set off in a storm.


from birds in the house EP, released October 13, 2017


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