Dormitories & Hospitals

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Are you ever gonna let it go?
Will you delete your notes?
Half the pages are yellowed and old
Are you ever gonna let it go?

Help me
I know where the bus ridden
Tell me
Have I made the right decision?
Help me
So far away the car was driven
Tell me
Are some things still unforgiven?
Unstuck in time but not position

It takes a strong man
Holding up the strawman
I can hear the tendrils
Crawling in the dark
It takes a grown man
Acting as an old man
Feeling different now
Finding new ways out
If I care soon
I will surely resume
Learning about how
To feel indifferent now
In the spare room
That was where I found you
All the worn utensils
Traced cardioids for hearts

Just when you thought you had lost it all
That’s when you know you have further to fall
And you realize with rising clarity
The striking similarity
Between a dormitory and a hospital
Just when you felt you had gotten away
That’s when you know you have longer to stay
And you feel like
Nothing is the substitute for something
That was never there
Oh no
Turn it off, turn it on
You’re set to reset
Turn it on, turn it off


from Water, released October 22, 2016



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