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Ghost of Christmas Past

from Twelve Nights by Harrison Lemke



In the dark you steal from the room,
let the sting of the air sit on your skin,
stare into distant displays
of holiday garlands on other people's balconies
joined by flits of warm glowing faces
like the unwanted spirits
of some half-remembered dream
seen from the other side
of soundproof glass.

In the cold you wait for the touch
of irresistible stimuli to work some magic change,
wait for a bit of good cheer
to come stumble your way & take some pity on you,
to spill through this gloomy winter haze -
but emotion averts you,
and loneliness grips you,
why can't you just feel
the way you're supposed to,
why can't it just feel
the way it should?


from Twelve Nights, released January 30, 2013
Harrison Lemke - guitar & vocals




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