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i dreamt about the fox’s den
of snowy fields, of you again
and when you came all dressed in red,
with ribbons torn & nothing said

but now there’s fire in your heart
(atop the hills we watched the stars)
the fireplace & chandeliers
don’t mean a thing to us this year

(you came to stay)

why heat the stove? why split the wood?
its wintertime and nothing’s new
the wherewithal to get it right
was lost within the fire’s light

and i can still remember when
(like chirping chick to mother hen
who, worm in mouth and wings outstretched
she held me near her feather’d breast)

i’ve counted daytimes quietly
by drying barrels of mustard seed
i’ve measured all the moonlit trails
by plucking barley from the bails

with sain’ nectaire & clementine
we sat amidst the applerinds
the river banks, the snow at night
your feather’d arm wrapped ‘round my side

with just a paltry piece of rye
& pocketfuls of wooden dimes,
we haunted churchyards tenderly
so stricken i could hardly speak

(though is there now the thunder left
to frighten crows out from their nest
of woven twigs of paper birch?
your feather’d heart; your feather’d ghost)


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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