Hidden Hands

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A broken lamp, a room unkempt,
the air inside is stale.
And heavy with the fog and smoke
of people going under.

Yesterday, a scene replayed, their voices raised in vain
because no one hears through ringing ears,
but that won’t stop this train.

“Jolie, you lied, you lied, now I’ve got truth for you, dear.
Here it comes, the man you thought you loved has played you for a fool, dear.”

She turned away, a shielded face,
her pattern of defeat.
A sleight of hand, with the table lamp,
she brought him to his knees.

“Now who’s the fool?” she said and gathered her belongings.
Laughing now, she held a match up to the motel’s curtains, seething. She’s seething.

She feels the heat of embers from the past.
Her heart is beating fast
soon he’ll wake up.
He pulls the strings of her heart with hidden hands,
intentions made of sand
are washed away.

Jolie, she tried, she tried but guilt has got the better. Irresolute.
The man she thought she loved has played her like a fool here.


from Are you breathing?, released June 1, 2009



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