The Selfish Saint

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Oh selfish saint
How long did he wait
To tear apart innocence?
Pure as they come
Bright as the sun
But you stared at the mirror too long

Shining blue eyes
Grey as your skies
Now they see nothing
Where’d you leave your soul?
You gave away your whole
And now you are nothing to hold

The moonlight blames the Earth
For waning half its worth
But punish who you want here

You don’t thank a thirsty tree
For soaking half the sea
Frankly it’s just not fair

Corroding copper dreams
Combusting flames of green
Still look so pretty
But now what lies within
Beneath the fragile skin
Persuaded to believe him

Each night
Your mother’s spirit cries
A solemn lullaby
And looks tearfully upon you
Sorry for the slight
I never looked below the light
To see the oil empty

The sunlight turns its head
From the shadows in your bed
Naked and disgraceful

So if you don’t return
When your blood begins to burn
Just know that we’ll all miss you


from Burdens of Being a Person, released April 4, 2016



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