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Like A Match

from Sleep In Color by Jack Conte



I took my head for its midnight walk. No no I hadn’t been outside in days. I kept the leash by my side, but it wasn’t quite tight, and I lost it. So now I’m wandering the countryside, right past the brothels and the graveyard ghosts. And though they call me quite clearly, I keep up my pace, because they can’t save us. Stuck in a space again, like dreaming with heavy legs. My head is made of Velcro, I can’t let go! Let go! Let go! Let go! I still believe in love, and I believe in keeping my chin up. And though we light like a match and burn only an inch, I’ll take it, yes I will. I’ll take it! Such a precious instant, perfect, unintended, and nothing there to help us hold on. Hold on! Hold on! Hold on! Hold on! So I’ll love her like I loved my first, I’ll laugh until my stomach bursts, I’ll dream until I turn to clay, and I’ll be okay. Okay, okay? Okay. Okay? Okay.


from Sleep In Color, released September 25, 2008


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