Empty Days

from by Harrison Lemke

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the sigh of the air ducts
every now and then
as if to say
"you'll never be this way again."
i stand on the heat vent,
breathe fog on the cold, cold glass.
the dark and the light out there
are evenly matched

and i am in between,
ghost tangled in the screen,
evening star at my head,
the wound that left me dead.

beg for candy
at the video store;
could holy God
dwell in flesh so tired and bored?
legend of zelda
in the unfinished basement,
something of heaven
sampled without replacement

and you're in the machine,
and i'm shadowed in the screen.
pure platonic form.
cathode bright and warm.

where did they end up,
all those lost afternoons?
the dust of eons
on the surface of the moon.
hold me in your heart.
it's too much for me to remember.
i'm a cold blank space.
i'm a day in late december

and you're nowhere to be seen.
but i'm peeking through the screen.
illuminate my lines.
make my sorrow a sign.


from Thy Tender Care, released December 3, 2018
harrison lemke - vocal, acoustic and electric guitar, bass guitar, casio sk-1, wind, wind chimes.


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