Mortaljive: The Rest is Silence

There is no still point in all the Universe, and that is the rock upon which I stand

Saturday, June 30, 2012

35,000 years before the fall



she was already in the rocks
in the tusks of the great mammoths
and in the labyrinth, in the caves

from her body, blood flowed
and her womb was god
and the children were born of her

her song came from her skin, from her hair
from eyes and lips and breasts
and bird-like cries, and tears

the men saw this magic, this power
meetings were held, pledges made, oaths sworn
they would organize and vanquish, and gain the world

the men spoke of sin and father in heaven
and laid dirt on the graves of venus
she slept in the earthen tombs, perfect

she waited for thousands of years
and is found silent, mute, still
your father is dead, she purrs
your father is gone




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Image: H.Jensen/University of Tubingen/Nature

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Relativity


one of us, i forget which one
lifted up his head and looked for a way out
one of us, another one
started making weapons and began to scream and shout

that night
we danced like fiends
drank up all the whiskey
and then died
that night
the barber came
and cut us so fine we fell to the floor like snips of hair

if that wasn't bad enough
that night, much later that night
after we died and fell upon the floor
the world was given to the metal geese
and they shit ball bearings everywhere
and we were so dead
we just had to take it

that night
i woke up dead
motherfucker
some things are harder than others

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

One Final Ride


the road to the northlands was silent and gray
the people all left, they had nothing to say
the tent stakes were pulled up, the carts were all filled
the people all left to head for the hills

they rode to the mountains, across valleys and streams
they struggled in deserts, they drowned in the seas
they dug out of snow, and hid from the rain
they rode with a fever as they crossed the plains

we want salvation, i heard them cry
we want the blessings that come from the sky
we want salvation, a most sacred trust
we want eternity, you offer dust
we want eternity, you offer dust

at the edge of the lifetime stands the guards of the dead
they have a list of all you did and you said
the coins that are placed on top of your eyes
can only be spent on one final ride
the coins that are placed on top of your eyes
can only be spent on one final ride

some kid was watching, alone on a rise
the people all trembled when they heard him sigh
you cannot leave eden, he whispered to all
you cannot land, there was never a fall
the father, the mother, the family of man
drove off to heaven in a busted up van
they drove off to heaven in a busted up van

take me across the river
take me to the land of shadows
take me across the mighty river
take me to the place that is my new home

we want salvation, i heard them cry
we want the blessings that come from the sky
we want salvation, a most sacred trust
we want eternity, you offer dust
we want eternity, you offer dust

the road to the northlands was quiet and gray
the people all left, they had nothing to say
the tent stakes were pulled up, the carts were all filled
the people all left to head for the hills


they rode to the mountains, across valleys and streams
they struggled in deserts, they drowned in the seas
they dug out of snow, and hid from the rain
they rode with a fever as they crossed the plains


at the edge of the lifetime stands the guards of the dead
they have a list of all you did and you said
the coins that are placed on top of your eyes
can only be spent on one final ride
the coins that are placed on top of your eyes
can only be spent on one final ride

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Memory Lane Turd Patrol

In case you haven't read driftglass, and his assessment of one Mister David Brooks, I humbly suggest you take a gander at Glass Drifter's prose poem to conservatism, war and hideous scabs such as Mister David Brooks.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Just the bill, please

there is art within the veil
there is music in the darkness
there is love just down the hall
but all the doors have been removed

there are signs to lead the way
they were planted yesterday
there is truth but not the kind
made to sell you something smooth

breathe the air, breathe it in
think about the clouds of heaven
sip your tea, sip it again
you're in the garden as we speak

what would you see, if you could see
with something other than your eyes
what would you say, if your words
had all got up and walked away

when the light touches dark
they are dancing oh so close
none can see what they can feel
but we feel it all the same

you're in the garden
you're in the sky
you're in the place that is no place
you're in the heart
and the life
see the smile beyond the face


there is art within the veil
there is music in the darkness
there is love just down the hall
but all the doors have been removed

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Monday, June 18, 2012

flying in utah


i was racing the mountains
down to the sea
i was racing the shadows
that wont let me be
i was flying in utah
i was flying in utah
until the flying stopped

i was howling in zion
i was rocking the walls
the echoes were concussions
we made after the fall
i was flying in utah
i was flying in utah
now i ain't flying at all

flying in utah
flying above
flying in utah
i was flying in love

i was burning the desert
i was freezing the rocks
i was laughing like father time
i was breaking the clocks
i was flying in utah
i was flying in utah
until the flying stopped

i was dancing to denver
i was running to spain
i was climbing the purple mountains
i was a god insane
i was flying in utah
i was flying in utah
and now...i ain't flying at all


flying in utah
flying above
flying in utah
i was flying in love

there are jinn in the desert
there are shamans at night
they cross like broken hosts
they are a troublesome sight
i was flying in utah
i was flying in utah
come fly with me tonight...

(softly)

i was racing the mountains
down to the sea
i was racing the shadows
that wont let me be
i was flying in utah
i was flying in utah
until the flying stopped


flying in utah
flying above
flying in utah
i was flying in love



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Image taken in Zion, Utah in September, 2006

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

I just want to be inside of you


you brought color to the factory
you brought noise to the afterlife
you brought hands made in mystery
we all bought into the sacrifice

we brought moses to the promised land
we brought jesus to the new world
we brought mohammed to the playground
man, we almost forgot to bring the girls

light a sparkler, light a candle, light some incense
paint your body and dance by the river tonight
paint your body and i will paint my body too
i just want to be inside of you

you gave your ear to the running water
you gave your eyes to the shining sea
you gave your lips to the ambassador
you gave your hips to my country tis of thee

you stopped to listen to the crazy girl
she was hoping to make a score
all you did was let the light in
people yelled at you just like in a war

light a sparkler, light a candle, light some incense
paint your body and dance by the river tonight
paint your body and i will paint my body too
i just want to be inside of you

we're all walking away from the plugs
we're all laughing without batteries
we're just this close to shutting it down
i wish that you could run on flattery

you brought color to the factory
you brought noise to the afterlife
you brought hands made in mystery
we all bought into the sacrifice

we brought moses to the promised land
we brought jesus to the new world
we brought mohammed to the company
man, we almost forgot to bring the girls

light a sparkler, light a candle, light some incense
paint your body and dance by the river tonight
paint your body and i will paint my body too
i just want to be inside of you

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Everybody isn't anybody


everybody isn't anybody
ain't no body that is everybody
but everybody is still everybody
just because you can't see it
don't it mean it ain't right

ain't no body gonna take the body
take the body to the promised land
everybody that has got a body
only has it for one last stand

but i know that i love you
and i know that i want you
i want you and your darn kiss
when i hold you in the dark, darkness
i feel bliss
i feel bliss true

go to the market and buy a new face
got to hide from the whole human race
maybe you can smile with all of your white teeth
flick your tongue and cry from just beneath


everybody isn't anybody
ain't no body that is everybody
but everybody is still everybody
just because you can't see it
don't it mean it ain't right


ain't no body gonna take the body
take the body to the promised land
everybody that has got a body
only has it for one last stand


but i know that i love you
and i know that i want you
i want you and your darn kiss
when i hold you in the dark, darkness
i feel bliss
i feel bliss true


someone, somebody, anybody
someone, somebody, anybody
everybody and then maybe nobody
still somebody, and then no one at all

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Image by Diana Armstrong Zook

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

I can see the swamp inside your eyes


the swamp is stewing
wants to know what you are doing
wants to come over to your house tonight
you two could be real friends
go all the way around the bend
maybe something will grow inside
too close for some i do suppose
might just give you a fatal dose
when the water starts to rise
i can see the swamp inside your eyes

the mantle is a thin made crust
the earth will shake it into dust
best get your pan for the fish fry
we all get hungry here in the heartland
we get our plates from the 'gator stand
whip out your tail and let it ride
down is the focus of our desire
down is the locus of our fire
down is death in a wedding gown
you can hear it splashing around
splashing around
when we've eaten you
we'll close our eyes
and say good night
say good night
say good night

all the guests made a getaway
but they'll be back some day
on account of the way things are
hard to be afraid of the end of the world
we were the chosen, we were the pearl
but things have gone too far
we'll never get our deposit back
we don't have time to even pack
we were the moonlight, we were the stars


the swamp is stewing
wants to know what you are doing
wants to come over to your house tonight
you two could be real friends
go all the way around the bend
maybe something will grow inside
too close for some i do suppose
might just give you a fatal dose
when the water starts to rise
i can see the swamp inside your eyes


down is the focus of our desire
down is the locus of our fire
down is death in a wedding gown
you can hear it splashing around
splashing around
when we've eaten you
we'll close our eyes
and say good night
say good night
say good night

we were the moonlight, we were the stars

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Friday, June 01, 2012

mizry 'n heaven


god knows all of your jokes
knows where you buy your sweaters
he's the wheel, you're the spoke
never sends you a letter

you had the cross and the book
you had the preacher and pentacost
some folks did not follow suit
but you knew just who was boss

you were a god-fearing soul
spent your life just shivering
when you died, a new role
into eternal delivering

(chorus)
when He walks by
i start to flinch
i start to cry
He is the shadow on my heart
He is the shadow
i'm in eternal love
i'm in eternal safe harbor
but i spent my life
looking down and gritting my teeth
at what He planted beneath

god has heard all your stories
knows all about your dirty life
he remembers the night
when you buried the bloody knife
but that's alright

here in eternity
He is on your trail
you look like a second hand ghost
at the devil's garage sale
(best start reading some books, son)


(chorus)
when He walks by
i start to flinch
i start to cry
He is the shadow on my heart
He is the shadow
i'm in eternal love
i'm in eternal safe harbor
but i spent my life
looking down and gritting my teeth
at what He planted beneath


you ain't blinked in a while
you ain't even gone to the bathroom
i heard you sobbing last night
like a bride in an ancient tomb


maybe you can slip out
take a drive to the Ivory Coast
have a little barbecue
bring enough for the heavenly host


(chorus)
when He walks by
i start to flinch
i start to cry
He is the shadow on my heart
He is the shadow
i'm in eternal love
i'm in eternal safe harbor
but i spent my life
looking down and gritting my teeth
at what He planted beneath


god knows all of your jokes
knows where you buy your sweaters
he's the wheel, you're the spoke
never sends you a letter

you had the cross and the book
you had the preacher and pentacost
some folks did not follow suit
but you knew just who was boss

you were a god-fearing soul
spent your life just shivering
when you died, a new role
into eternal delivering

(chorus)
when He walks by
i start to flinch
i start to cry
He is the shadow on my heart
He is the shadow
i'm in eternal love
i'm in eternal safe harbor
but i spent my life
looking down and gritting my teeth
at what He planted beneath


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