ORANGE 

The moon was like an orange

Last night

Not the

Colour

The shape

Orange

The colour

You chose

For your cage

Orange

The comforting burn

Of a star

That sustains

This infernal cycle

Of night and day

As the sun

Pulls the moon away

 

I DROWN 

Wet grass your hair

Clutching strands damp

Circular slabs of sound

Creak

Cracking bones breaking down

In peace

In poverty

In cool familiarity

 

I drown with you

Daddy I drown

 

Crazy and free

You wanna dance

In your hospital bed

Death rattle fading out

In peace

In poverty

In cool familiarity

 

I drown with you

Daddy I drown

 

In dreams

I remember

What I’ve seen

Yellow skin

All over the sheets

Room after room

Pushing you in a chair

The look in your eye

Is fear

 

People

All i dream

Is people

 

I drown with you

Daddy I drown

 

THE KNIFE  

No Texas

Manhattan

Too white

For my kind of black

I crack to smack

I walk back

With bare hands

 

To leave you or to love you 

I’ll be unhappy either way 

And the pain feels ten thousand times more than a kiss on the lips

Cmon

 

I travel fast

Along the falls

Hurtling towards the knife

Sharpened

And beautiful

And shining so bright

 

To leave you or to love you 

Oh oh oh oh oh 

And the shame hurts me more every time 

I get angry and I flip  

Cmon

 

And i’m waiting

In the frame

Frozen in the future

A dead end

The distance

Is captured

 

To leave you or to love you 

I’ll be unhappy either way

And the pain feels ten thousand times more

than a kiss on the lips

Cmon

 

UNDERGROUND

underground got shut down

everything we ever loved

underground

nowhere to go 

nowhere to stand 

nowhere to see your band

underground underground underground 

got shut down

 

truth’s been written darling

but you never read a word

patronise this scene darling

but you don’t know the score

 

pristine ripped jeans

weird but not unusual

the city moves on

forgets us overnight

sleeping children

lost to the daylight

 

underground got shut down

everything we ever loved

underground

nowhere to go 

nowhere to stand 

nowhere to see your band

underground underground underground 

got shut down

 

HIGH AND COMING UP AGAIN 

Daylight stream

Loving her

Was easier

Than anything

I’d ever do again

Nothing

But rain

You are wet

Hanging on

My door from the night before

Pain dont touch you anymore

Little girl

Two black eyes

And loving the concern of strangers

Burbling gargling

Nonsense

When wet

When you’re high

and coming up again

 

DEEP SWITCH 

Deep switch I ride

Scooterin’ dust scrag

Drenched in tablelight

Colour is possible

 

Your pallid face stares out

Pupils so black

They eclipse the iris

Immersing lost eyes in fear

 

Having nothing

Needing everything

Having nothing

 

Underground in the love scene

Lips hang rabid and long

Our city of night

And miserable grey

Dustblind to black

And white power

 

Child of hope

Shot down

You are marked

You are marked by moments

And you are marked by man

 

LOSS

Is there something in Loss

That restores broken hearts

In our empty searching

For another lover to hate

To be questioned by

And to scream empty vows with

High up on the kitchen floor

And when every word is empty

And you know it

And when every word is guessed

And when your loss is an inverted quest for power

And your shoe bound acquiesce

 

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