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from Fear of Life by Atheists



You and me we never had
So much in common
Part of a name, a hairy chest
And perhaps a similar longing
Always in quiet crisis
You never asked for details
Always craving something
But never giving us the reveal

How do you feel about
All the ways we've spoken unheard
Having almost entirely gone without
Anything approaching real words

We never really tried
To get into it with each other
Every time I reached out
Your hand was replaced with another
The words percolated inside
Slowly rusting in my mouth
A bitter grating scraping sound
Is all that came out

My mouth sealed over
As if by some ancient torture device
Sewn with rose and clover
I wonder what this has cost me in nights

We've spoken, encoded
For way too long
I'm empty, it's silly
To carry on
Just realize, open your eyes
And look upon
The core of it, the truth of it
And let's just move on

There's so much more that I can say
But that's all of it for today


from Fear of Life, released June 23, 2017


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