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I fell
asleep in the city
almost accidentally.

It only stung a bit because it's where I managed to wake up.
It was far too quiet for me to feel fine - I didn't have an illness but I started coughing, only to break the stillness.

Swallowing crowds backwards, muffling sounds of band's words outside their venues, because I'm tired of putting strangers on pedestals (and the drummer is the only one I end up dancing to).
It's summer; now I feel antsy, too.

When I try to think clearly, all the nouns have rotted, and only action remains.

I thought I took the last bus home, but there were two more, and my transfer was still good.
My car gets twenty miles to the gallon but I don't need to fill it more than once a month.
I have seen a billion buildings built in the wrong spaces.
There are families (I've seen families!) with collaborative faces.

Birds might die without a reason, and we blame the windows, just because we can see them.
Before these placebos, I used to take vitamins, but I never noticed a difference in my health.

I am still here. I don't know if I belong here, but here I am. I'm not supposed to be here, but I don't know where to go.

When I try to think clearly, all the nouns have rotted, and only action remains.


from This Was Fated, released December 12, 2012


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