Evening in Nod

from by Harrison Lemke

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The sky drags the sun down
and its blood spills on everything
in this little world we made
where nothing happens.
Take a little of the grain we've stored up
to make an offering
and gather carob husks
to use as kindling,

but the warmth of the fire
only leaves our bodies
colder than before.

The earth is hard and taciturn
and endlessly refuses us
so we dig channels in the dirt
to the river Tigris.
The figs grow pink and fat
with the sun inside them
and we cut slits in their sides
to help them ripen,

but the sweetest fruit
only leaves our mouths
sourer than before.

And our songs reverberate
with the same curse as everything:
the lyre & pipe,
the feasts at night,
the fire dwindling —

but the sweetest notes
only leave our throats
as empty as before.
Yes, the sweetest songs
only leave our hearts
more empty than before;
more empty than before.

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from Fertile Crescent Blues, released May 27, 2016
HPL - voice, guitars, bass.

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