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Forty years ago,
they were gathered in prayer rooms.
Smoke was rising from their hips,
and honey falling from their lips.
The world was coming to an end.

My mother and my dad
were younger than me then.
And they were two of millions
who gathered scorn and went insane,
wore rusty helmets on their brains,
still thinking the world might be saved.

The world is spinning still
and maybe ever will.
The metaphor’s in the memory.
The helmet gathers dust up in the attic
with sandals ready to be strapped,
the shield’s a placard in the hallway,
and the belt still smells of gunplay.
The breastplate’s waiting to be filled.
And the sword misses the kill.
And the sword misses the kill.


from I Have Seen the End, released October 21, 2016



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