Wet As A Cloud

from by Fred Thomas

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Give up the ghost
Hold me close
Sing me the song that you love most
The words hang like diamonds with music inside them
Colliding in time with your mouth
Find me alone
Walk me home
Show me a world I’ve not yet known
The buildings are breathing
They cry when they’re sleeping
We’re hurting their feelings somehow
So send an apology made of technology
Bricks turn to circuits instead
Sing like a microphone
Talk like a telephone
Watch like a film in your head
Bleed like a needle
Don’t listen to people
They only say things so that something gets said
Cough like a cigarette
Turn like a tourniquet
Burn like a fire-truck red
Sleep like a pillow
And wait like a window in winter
With snow-covered ledge
The birds will return soon to bend ‘round your bedroom
While radios talk to the dead
And you dream like a bed
Whisper and speak
Touch my cheek
Show me the smile that makes me weak
Cars crash whenever we kiss
Everything vanishes
Sweetness is all I feel
Write on my hand
Breathe in the way only you can
You know that you are both the love note caught in my throat
And the hope that it’s real
So end like a funeral
Send out the usual
Static police from your lungs
Swallow like medicine
I think you’re better than anything under the sun
O life re-mystified!
O walking valentine!
O unimaginable love!
Smoke like a factory
Steal my identity
Sell it right back to me now
Break like tradition in need of revision
Transmissions will listen like sound
Think like a memory
Warm & Septembery
Endlessly coming unwound
‘Til you find yourself found with the graves in the ground
Tears rolling out of eyes wet as a cloud
But it’s only the sound of your joy coming down.


from Sink Like A Symphony, released August 8, 2006


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