Fire Poems (2012)

FIRE POEMS

From a dry wall filtered atmosphere

We venture out now, on this blanket of leaves

Undressing, we can sleep and dream

Lay peering out at the ceiling of stars

A similar scene that we saw in spring

We see now, but it`s fall and the wind is rushing to steal our breath

From a dry wall filtered atmosphere

We venture out now, on this blanket of leaves

ALL BOATS DON`T RISE

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The oceans are coming

The oceans are coming

The oceans are coming

The oceans

This is the king’s version of the truth

He’ll knock on wood but kiss and tell

The oceans are coming

The oceans are coming

The oceans are coming

The oceans

What are we waiting for?

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The oceans are coming

The oceans are coming

The oceans are coming

The oceans

What are we waiting for?

Don’t look away, don't look away (what are we waiting for?)

One hundred percent, one hundred percent (what are we waiting for?)

All boats don't rise

LAST NAMES & BACKGROUNDS

Colour us in the jewels and lay us in a mine

For street silver and fool’s gold rush

Colour us in the future because it’s the only thing we ever had

Paint your favorite photographs and draw on the memories

What’s your name I’d like to get to know you

It seems like we might share some things in common

We don’t share the same last names and backgrounds

But we might grow…we might grow

NOWHERE TO GO

Another structure, another caste

Stoke the fires that radiate

Take the pen when the page turns white

This body is so thin

Enclosure, debasement

But it’s not just and it’s not funny

When the commons are not so common now anymore

Are they?

And they might never be found…

It’s the bursting that was ever wanted

It’s the blasting that was ever needed

Enclosure, debasement

But it’s not just and it’s not funny

When the commons are not so common now anymore

Are they?

And they might never be found…

It’s the bursting that was ever wanted

It’s the blasting that was ever needed

There’s nowhere to go

It’s the bursting that was ever wanted

It’s the blasting that was ever needed

Another structure, another caste

Stoke the fires that radiate

Take the pen when the page turns white

When this body is thin

There’s nowhere to go

SHE FELL (IN 1914)

She fell, it was a Sunday

In nineteen-fourteen

Her house, it was in shambles

And they're killing all her animals

Get out, I mean it

This is no place for you

Get out, I mean it

This is no place for you

Just like tattoos of bruises

Make the saint a soldier (a soldier)

Just like cigarette ash fall

They fall to the water

Get out, I mean it

This is no place for you

Get out, I mean it

This is no place for you

SAINT LAWRENCE EDIFICE

St. Lawrence edifice that I helped build

More than just iron, more than just stone

Hanging on

These are my limbs … set to ashes

My fire poems, my sinking ships

This lonely artifice that I can’t break

More than just gardens, more than just a wake

Hanging on (hanging on)

This is my flesh … set to ashes

My fire poems, my sinking ships

I went for a walk and I went down the main street

The main street of my home town (on a windy day)

And I walked to the mansion, the mansion that all the tourists go to

For a little museum tour (on a windy day)

And I spent three dollars to walk around

I saw the ivory room and I saw the billiards (on a windy day)

I saw the room that all the prime ministers came to,

to eat their dinners with the patriarch (on a windy day)

And I saw the establishment and I saw the parliament (on a windy day)

And I saw the bourgeois and I saw the opulence … set to ashes

My fire poems, my sinking ships

We lay on the river bed, the river bed (on a windy day)

FRACTURED MOON STREETS

On the fractured moon streets

In the back to back yards

By the school ground`s path

In the half empty garage

We would meet

When your parents went away

When you would borrow their car

We would ride

On the fractured moon streets

We`d lie about where we meet

When we would meet

We`d have eidetic evening

When we would meet

We`d lie about where we`re sleeping

And just sleep

We would sleep

On the fractured moon streets

We`d lie about where we sleep

Sleep

BISON

Oh heart and lungs

Your lips and tongue

And bottomless poems that I sink into

Every time I think about you, I think about you all the time

You said you thought you would never hear my voice again

I said I thought it was oh so hard to speak

when we were 3000 kilometers

Away a way away a way

There's blood on the snow

And it's rushing like water

Down, down the crimson falls

And bottomless palms that I sink into

Every time I think about you, I think about you all the time

You said you thought you would never see my face again

And I said I thought it was oh so hard to see you

when we were 3000 kilometers (apart)

Away a way away a way

We use art as a weapon (provinces apart)

We use art as a weapon (providence at heart)

TIP TOE THROUGH THE GALLOWS

In finite speeds, a worried look

From the old world, from the old world

You’re the hangman

Don’t lay your hands anywhere near here

No static world, no static world

Tip toe through the gallows, a haunted look

Gross symbiosis, gross product

You’re the hangman

Don’t lay your hands anywhere near

No static world, no static world

ENSEMBLE OF POINTS

With the ancient plains of energy

Veins of youth seize glory

The quiet riot of passivity falls on steep ears

Beginning just another day

But so new and resounding

The ensemble of points realize that they are made

SOCIAL MOTION

So I'm sitting there and this guy comes up to me and he's like,

'I'm going to call you an offer'

And I'm thinking, 'this could be a blessing in disguise'

All over the place there's unnecessary evil

And he says, `it's a necessary evil`

And I'm thinking ... and I say, `no, it's unnecessary evil'

So I'm sitting there and this guy comes up and he's like,

'I'm going to call you social motion'

And I say, 'that cuts like ice'

And he says, 'but it’s something to write home about'

And I can't argue with that, I can't get it out of my mind

It’s something to write home about, it`s something to write home…

Stones thrown make a path

Cause we are disparate

Start all over (make a path)

This guy, he won't leave me alone, he just keeps repeating these phrases over and over again:

'A discount for the wordless...A discount for the imperial'

I don't know what trying to say to me but all I keep saying to myself over and over again is:

'There must be something to write home about`

Over and over and over and over … `there must be something to write...'

Stones thrown make a path

Cause we are disparate

Start all over (make a path)

VISITATION RIGHTS

These ancient ruins are … something to believe in

There`s crumbling limestone reflected in your eyes

When the photographs get old, when the sun turns cold …

Come visit me

These drunken poets are … something to believe in

There`s perfect language infected in your blood

When the bottle gets low, when the flowers won`t grow …

Come visit me

These forbidden fruits are … something to believe in

There`s pathetic fallacy dripping in your lungs

When the shit hits the fan, when you`re Frank comma Anne …

Come visit me

Come visit me, come visit me, come visit me

(c) 2015