Golden Retreater

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I’m running away from failing fantasies
and the rot-rot-rotten realities
of everyone who knows my name,

but my ankles are swollen
‘cause the way woe twists my insides up
contorts my outsides just the same.

So I’m limping.
I’m running away limping.

It’s another escape:
another chance to brood and curse and hate my life.
The screeching tires and footsteps form the soundtrack to my cries.
Another escape:
trying to find the place that’s far enough
away from all the demons that wreak havoc on my mind.

Windows reflect my rampant goings and comings.
In distant glass eyes “soon” is the only word muttered.
Delusion is my only defense.

The pursuit of happiness is the bone-tingling itch
in the center of my spine
that would take a miracle to be soothed.

I just want to tackle houses
and drown in boards and bricks;
for shit’s sake, my will’s already crushed like brittle bones.

So I’m wincing.

I’m wincing, I’m limping,
I’m restless, I’m sweating ice,
I’m spitting dirt, I’m pissing fuel,
I’m lonely, I’m on the edge, I’m running away.

I’m running away.
I’m running away. I’m gone.

All that I’ll ever ask for again
is an atlas and a full tank of gas.


from How to Escape, released November 1, 2012



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