Gates of Winter

from by Aber das Leben lebt

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I know you’ve got a secret
I don’t know what it is
enough evidence to call the police
let’s build secrets by forgetting
truth is concealed and dignity’s revealed

I welcome all decorations
blossoms and bruises
they prove my existence
and fill these blank pages
paying attention is a waste of time
paying for attention is a waste of money

once I was a chuckling spring
I flowed down a crevasse until I froze
ice turned to lava and steam rose
I floated up to heaven

now I’m a dwarfish polar bear
my pelt’s too small for a wardrobe hook
I am not welcome in the parlor
not welcome at the feast

and I am waiting for your rainbow
of black and white and grey
of coal and steel and stone
I will gladly play the prey

yes I am waiting for the rainbow
its comfort and its blade
meet me at the gates
of winter

I’ll be gone when the clouds burst
be gone with me
why do we pay for dreams
dreams are free
across the empty white plains
and across the stony sea
I will comfort you
and you will comfort me

I’ve been to the moth eaters’ palace
they’re sucking insects through glass tubes
now the evening blackens
and hides me in its cloak
meet me at the gates of winter

between sandstone ornaments
I find the ebon doors
a museum of moth boxes
shrouded in the fogs of hell

behind these wings
in curious gloom
someone is waiting
someone is waiting

I am the errand boy
but I forgot the words
the message is blurred
the parchment burns

I am the errand boy
the message is lost
meet me at the gates
of winter

I try to be honest
honest about telling lies
I’m not Brando
but there’s horror in my eyes
honest like a butcher with a bloody apron
telling made-up stories


from Figures, released March 21, 2014



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