We'll Be Alright

by Nina Violet

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All Your Own 03:21
petal boat glass stream love's eyes have new gleam metal boat blasts steam those eyes lost in love's dream beyond where the wake mends home on your throat the moonbeam on arms the shadow filagree your voice- the sound all your own
oh in the wake of the ship I'm hanging on oh in the wake of the ship and in the sea's forever tide and on the rope out of the pit and in the sky two clouds collide and in the room no place to sit and in the head no place to hide oh in the wake of the ship I'm hanging on
I say goodbye anticipating tomorrow I say goodbye but I can't get by the dream I go far away the whole world reminds me dreams at night can be forgotten by the morning and the daydreams are always good to pass the time and the guitar just another lonesome dream of mine I play guitar huddled by the fireplace when you're broken the melodies are sweet when you're broken to sing a song can bring you peace
Play Loud 03:31
away the locks have all broken in time to say it’s time to be leaving awake the sun can see over the pine today is soon to be evening you play play loud and sing
everything comes apart the finish is the start o everything comes apart the body rots, the grass grows green the circling of nitrogen the spinning wheel that bears the wool or bears the water, sun comes up on pain and love, that makes a dream that wet web in the morning gleams o stoke the fire and make it glow play on play on, the shadow show but everything comes apart everything comes apart the finish is the start o everything comes apart this turning face into the wind this stationary hovering and looking for a magic fish to catch it means a granted wish o I could wish to learn to swim so I could keep my life of looking I don’t want this book to end Release the dogs on sweet pretend but some things never disappear some things never disappear not time, or stones, or forgetting will make the mirror clear
fast feast no relief run round tied down sad self on the shelf jump through fire, too time spent gone, went last leg no race the past ploughs shadowed face death’s lost time’s lace love die love lay young song cathode ray flat chair long there downstairs awake. run round tied down cut loose make use land with feet down give thanks for soft ground and o peals the bell that breaks the spell that cracks the seed out of the shell continues out in rings and rings across the plain it sings and sings
Sewing Song 04:00
find the end on the spool and pull and it spins and thread through the arm and under the spring and up round the hook and down to the dog and into the catch and now through the eye now take hold the wheel and lift up the foot put two sides together and follow the edge
what is paradise to you, my child? singing softly as the dovelings coo dancing all at once with everything I forgot this as my body grew I tried everything to keep it near ripping seabirds out of winter skies stealing flowers from the honeybee lacking beauty that belonged to me strange dreams dancing with a strange and brilliant ghost I could not afford to lose the mask all the darkness falling fast asleep something in me had just woken up the light the fire the danger, the danger the light
I’ll hunt down the deer, you hang it to bleed darling I’ll cut it apart, you pack it away to keep I’ll carry the food, you carry the water darling we’ll walk for a ways and find a good place to sleep the planes are only circling for now we’ll be alright our legs are only hurting us for now we’ll be alright soft leaves for your head, I’ll make you a bed to rest in I’ll kick out the rocks, I’ll find you the softest loam our desperate love, warm breath on our skin for blankets the cradle of earth, the kindness of trees our home we watch orion fade to dawn above we’ll be alright we run and hide and stay alive for love we’ll be alright
she told me a story, the girl on the swing wing thrumming meadow, heat starts to ring angles of light when the web starts to glow and downward I fell, through my mind, down a well look up to the moon I saw night in a cup pour starlight down on me and fill the well up the water upon me, the softest of sounds I felt myself rising back up to ground I reached out my fingers to feel for the sand the smoothest of pebbles, grass, precious strands my scratches were beaded a brilliant red and bursting with living
run to the stream and cast the shell from off your body the whole world is the cold upon your skin and what it is to feel heartbeat against your shoulder can you feel it would it be louder if I was a tragedy? I’ll sing across the table sing across the ocean your eyes, the color of the water in the channel my mother told me not to swim in because it would take me out to sea I wouldn’t be able to swim back in


released September 9, 2011



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