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Betting on the Muse - 1996

again

now the territory is taken,
the sacrificial lambs have been slain,
as history is scratched again on the sallow walls,
as the bankers scurry to survive,
as the young girls paint their hungry lips,
as the dogs sleep in temporary peace,
as the shadow gets ready to fall,
as the oceans gobble the poisons of man,
as heaven and hell dance in the anteroom,
it's begin again and go again,
it's bake the apple,
buy the car,
mow the lawn,
pay the tax,
hang the toilet paper,
clip the nails,
listen to the crickets,
blow up the balloons,
drink the orange juice,
forget the past,
pass the mustard,
pull down the shades,
take the pills,
check the air in the tires,
lace on the gloves,
the bell is ringing,
the pearl is in the oyster,
the rain falls
as the shadow gets ready to fall again.
    
The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain - 2004

the shadows

now the territory is taken,
the sacrificial lambs have met their end,
as the shadows get ready to fall,
as history is scratched again on sallow walls,
as the bankers scurry to collect loans overdue,
as young girls paint their hungry lips,
as dogs sleep again in temporary peace,
as the oceans gobble the poisons of man,
as heaven and hell dance in the anteroom,
it all begins again:
we bake the apple,
buy the car,
mow the lawn,
pay the tax,
hang the wallpaper,
clip the nails,
listen to crickets,
blow up balloons,
drink orange juice,
forget the past,
pass the mustard,
pull down the shades,
take the pills,
check the temperature,
lace on the gloves,
the bell is ringing,
the pearl is in the oyster,
the rain falls
as the shadows get ready to fall again.