Tumbling Thrashing

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A passing remark about someone else plants in me a sinister seed.
Any kind word or compliment requires I ask myself how he competes.

He tumbles around in my daydreams, I imagine shared glances, you smiling.
But when we're together he retreats, I find the love in your arms that I know is only for me.

You start to speak and admit that lately you've found him in your fantasies.

I know when you say it's a harmless indulgence that you're telling the truth,
but the seed's bursting out its roots deep in me now and down there they are smothering you.

He's thrashing around in our narrative, I imagine your bodies, him smiling.
I can't get him out, so I'll divert myself the only way that I know how.

But I can't hide the sting in my sleeves.
Don't blame yourself baby, it was my prophecy
that proved self fulfilling.

Afraid of a problem, I created one.
Afraid of a phantom, I damaged us.

You need some time alone, you won't hear from me.
When you see me around you will run from me.

I'll dream of you smiling.


from Reservoir, released March 29, 2017



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From Massachusetts, living in Rochester, and awaiting a cease and desist from Jeep. In the meantime, hoping that you listen and enjoy.

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