Land of Marble

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Moth holds my tongue

I try to say some words

So you wouldn’t build new house

But I choke on wings

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Wolf with no fangs cries

Got too high from false pride

Wish for mouthful of knives

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Painted tin roofs flood

Follow trail of fallen currents

In puddles will be reflecting sun

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She was my best friend

But the ocean wanted a new lover

Now she is drowned in whitecaps

And all the fish sing to her as queen

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He says “at the bottom line, tomorrow”

Asking for a name, he swallows

“John”

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Southwest point at blank beach

Rode a horse in made-up mind

Instead, drove car to unrealized future

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I wish I had your picture

So I knew the face of my brother

Asked but nothing happened for me

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A girl trapped in fixed patterns

Warnings were given, yet patterns an easy make

Red and brown with black, no way to step back

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This hour is the last chance to call

You’ve written down all names

Memorized steps to summon demons

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Gone for too long, you trip

Walk away from all

Found your way in woods

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I can let him claim serpents

He can ride on stomachs during cloudy days

But sun can never show dulled gold

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Smell of grandparents’ attic reclaims

Though I am not upstairs

I can see all these molding top hats

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Watch me drink summertime clouds

Use no straw climb those shifting bluffs

With full body I recall taste

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Stumbling in hayfields

Pretending peasantry I lie

I know it is I, king’s murderer

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Walk backwards on cloudy beach

Turn eyes but never feet

Get found in drifting seaweed

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Trapped animals feed from ribbons

Tied to trees with no feelings

It was told from island in lake

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Men with no face

Hunt during daylight

Claiming children who laugh

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Don’t forget to pause

And have a smile

At all the unbroken graves