River Mouths

from by The Tree Ring



In the calm, in the stillness of a quiet sunless dawn
In the flow, in the motion of the lazy rain-speckled river
Our tethered essence shed a restless mess of thought
And the silence formed us
Seamless clouds
Teach our mouths
All the breathless sounds

And then when all our clothes were soaked we walked down to the the edge
To look down at the surface where our modest thin reflections stutter
And when we saw them we jumped in

Our fear can only see
The things that men have told us to be
So we shake the sacred things
Like sparrows shaking rain from their wings
They mold all our bones
They sold all our holy water

While we prayed for a break from the grey
The banks rose and sank all day
There is no clearer thing I have seen
Than these chests rising and sinking


from Generous Shadows, track released February 15, 2011


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