On The Beach

On a clear day the horse whisperer can hear
What the pawns lined up can see
Nietzche lies dead
Usual suspects presumed innocent just beyond the sea
Drifting onto infinity’s leave, second hand waving free
The middleman can’t break these circus chains
With the best that time can buy
You sell sea shells by the dead sea shore
As sand people bury my heart at wounded knee
A sailors life was meant for me

Bad eggs crack up on the pointy head
The winds of depression pass
As the mad prophet flies
But there ain’t no cure for them sweet bitches
And God knows I’ve tried
The queen of diamonds
Her own best friend
Grows smaller as she walks away
I do believe I’ll never see her again
Still not sure of what she said
The fat lady bares all
As the gulls dive in
Rehearsing Lara’s theme recognized
By swimmers blind, gathering
The boatman’s call sounds louder
As distant ships sail slowly
Around the bend

Glazed over stagnant crab pools
Solomon sighs
As windows in the sky turn red
Old fishermen sing to each other
Ruth looks spent
Reforming broken beds
The girl with the pearl earring
Rocks herself
Building blocks upon the sand
She’s nothing to sell
Has long since lost her wings
Watching dogs well kept
Chase the pale rider
And men of war washed up, get help
With love letters in bottles blue
Covered in kelp
As the plastic snow arrives

There was a movement
Amongst the dunes
The apparition of black faces
Frothing in the wind
Wide eyes don’t know
Who else to bring
Cold fingers snap
Given dark rings
Salvation armies take the plunge
As Jonah struggles
Past whales beached
Up the ravaged banks
The whale rider is bouyed
The educated edge can’t keep down the runs
Good mates check overgrown castles
The whisperer changes his tune
As the fighting begins

On The Beach


Kingston Heights, New Zealand

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