O, Dandelion

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april dawn
the cold dew on the rabbits’ woolen ears
hopping on
the railway track (our clumsy white-tipped feet)
whereupon
we fell between the wooden railroad beams, as the
april dawn
above us broke. one rabbit spoke, he said,

“like a dandelion in the cherry grove, i feel unmarried, overgrown. just a yellow speck in the scarlet sea; no roots, nor fruit bearing from me.
this riddle’s always haunted me like a civil war ghost on cemetery ridge, not to abridge my thoughts (though still unsure) i feel i ought
to say, ‘don’t worry your life away,’
though never would i ever dream with such certainty to say anything.”

april skies
the rabbits fled, and in their stead, the steam
engine cried,
“get off the track! ought to be smacked!” but while
he decried
his rabbit friends he couldn’t make amends, while the
april skies
(now black with smoke) the boxcar spoke, he said,

“you know, these internal inconsistencies give me goosebumps like a winter breeze. even those gorgeous yellow weeds make for a bitter salad, not like the sweet
charcoal heart inside of us.” the caboose and coal-hopper made a fuss.
“how did we even trek this far with both a cow-catcher and a cattle car?”
to pluck our couplers undone, amuck
and never will i ever see where the line’s dividing you from me

o, dandelion

april dusk
the foggy moon like ghostly air-balloons up high
glorious!
the angel’s words, like flocks to shepherd's herds, like twine
glorious!
spun ‘round on spinning wheels, sun-bound with grinning peels of rind
april dusk
the rabbits slept. you know, i still never wept, nor howled

o, dandelion

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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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