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Floorbound

Alone and feeling naked
I become a dirty sketch of the sorrow of silence
No Hollywood fantasia
No holy disease
Nor artistic malaise
It is urinating in front of strangers on planes, trains, streets and shops
In front of the dogs and the cats and the crows and the pigeons

All taste diminishes
All colour fades
Even coal turns white from your escapades
Time... gone
Sound... gone
Memory... gone
Movement... gone

It is broken jaws and black eyes and the familiarity of the ambulance insides
It is pills and tablets and tablets and pills
And, "Have you!?" and "Will you!?"
And, "I have" and "I will"
It is telling your neighbour that you have fits
And looking up at the face that waits on the future to hit

Bending and twisting your words like a seizure
Trying to say it that much easier
Not a word of a lie
Are chances I'll die
1000/1 that I'll be done
Unexpected and sudden

This is sorrow
The only word that is correct here
No anger, no depression
Not rage, nor withheld aggression

It is alone
And naked
And dirtied
A let down to yourself you feel
To your neighbour and stranger
A smear on their history
Defiling Earth with this story
This story of sorrow
As maybe, just maybe a 1000/1 of tomorrow

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