follow a spectre across the sea

can you tell the difference between hollow wall
and a dry dusty riverbed
can you feel the change in the weather now
that the cold has cleared from your head
can you see the weight of a thousand fears
that flow swirling down the stream
or the truculent screams down a thousand years
which interrupt most of your dreams

the clocks have stopped ticking but i’m late again
can you tell between loneliness and cold hard rain

can you fly to a planet across the sky
in a box kite with clothesline and key
when you get there converse with the occupants
who can’t tell between pole and tree
can you climb that tall mountain to heaven
your shoes exhumed bodies from hell
till the peak is the last thing you want to see
a reminder of little done properly or well

got there so early but still missed the train
can you tell between loneliness and cold hard rain

can you follow a spectre across the sea
in an aeroplane towed by a whale
or visit a lost generation of Gods
in an igloo rigged up with full sail
can you tell what dwells between love and hate
when the ghost trumpet makes her call
or define what makes a great person great
through the years that we must stand and fall

the clocks have stopped ticking but i’m late again
can you tell between loneliness and cold hard rain

follow a spectre across the sea

Rex Inkpen

Joined January 2009

Artist's Description

“who can really tell the difference between the sea and what is reflected in it? Or tell the difference between the falling rain and loneliness?” Haruki Murakami – Sputnik Sweetheart.

A song for my mate Coops.

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