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got to get to the stars tonight
just so i can breathe
breathe in everything in sight
the reflection belies the truth
and i can’t find my white suit
i took it to the cleaners
started feeling leaner
til the pockets filled with rockets
as I drowned in skies of blue
and the star in my eye …it cried…
I think my pain left me, it said
‘so long and goodbye’
and I sucked it all in
and I spat it all out
and I said to myself
I’m tiring of the self doubt…yeah
tired of the self doubt…yeah
what what, what, where and why
I sighed to myself, what what, what
where and why
and then again, I sigh….
As you know, there was this butterfly
and it was flying really high
the colours weren’t like rainbows
the colours weren’t like cellophane
they were black and white and my skin turned bright
but I wasn’t here to stay and I lacked some insight
and the sky was saying “where you goin’ kid?”
and I said “I’m leaving this all behind me”
and then the sea divulged a secret
a dolphin and a whale spoke in tongues
while they visited my tombstone
but I wasn’t there, I’d left a long time ago
I hitched a ride on a great white hope
and I sung a song, it had a lot of scope
but it wasn’t enough and I didn’t dig it much
I lost my dignity and lit the match to see me
where I’d left my integrity
I’d filtered so much of myself
I didn’t recognise the me that I’d seen
sitting on the shelf
and I thought I was someone else
I said ‘hello’ and she seemed to mimic me yo
and that was when I realised I was hollow, hollow
and that was when I knew I’d dropped my halo
and was treading the smashed remnants of it
into my cut feet, and they bled on the stones
in a sort of torment, torment,
hollow, hollow


© Karin Taylor

Lennox Head, Australia

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