Barnyard Grass! Lamb's Quarter! Goldenrod!

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ivan asked me, “are you feeling well?
any thoughts here ring a bell?
is that guilt in your eyes?
we built from paper our morality,
in shadow of mortality.
we covered up the skies.”
in front of his eyes
white clover grew while hydrangea died.
(but whose to say a flower’s scent is sweet?)
pulled the bindweed,
we planted rhododendron seed,
(you know, the two look awfully similar anymore.)

i’m still waiting here
in the place,
tucked in woolen socks with frothy milk beside my bed.
my words were sincere
but lacking grace.
quilts patched with goldenrod, and pillows made from straw.
ideas I revere,
free from soot,
i scribbled them all down.

in fields of clover and of pumpkin flower,
sifting through the soil, she scoured,
she opened up our eyes.
said, “you know, i stole prometheus’s fire,
then set adrift a funeral pyre,
i opened up the skies.”
in the barnyard grass,
to words audacious and crass,
i hummed a little verse,
“neither snow nor rain
nor doubt nor fear nor gloom of night
stays these god-seekers from wandering lost.”

i’m still waiting here
in the place,
tucked in woolen socks with frothy milk beside my bed.
my words were sincere
but lacking grace.
quilts patched with goldenrod, and pillows made from straw.
ideas I revere,
free from soot,
i scribbled them all down.

i’m still waiting here
in the place
tucked in fleabane blankets, specked with wild violet seed
these words are sincere,
but lacking grace
we sang lamb’s quarter melody and cocklebur refrain
ideas i revere,
with elegance,
nightshade’s fallen and the dayflowers are singing all alone
i’m still waiting here
with disgrace
wood sorrel wonderings and musings in the dark.
these words are sincere
both brash and base
(the magnolia doesn’t matter anymore.)

credits

from Dry Leaves EP, released February 8, 2014

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owlfeathers is an indie-folk duet based at Sarah Lawrence College as well as in Philadelphia.

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