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Principalities and Powers

from Thy Tender Care by Harrison Lemke

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the barge pushes out to where the black, black water
slaps against the hull
too fast, too loud, too evenly for the cold
that throbs against our skulls.
but in here, in the warm red room
i could almost fall asleep
and your voice becomes a violin playing
playing tunelessly;
it comforts me as lights tear holes in my vision
and send a shock through me

like another world struggling to break through.
like another world struggling to break through.

from the deck, crawling up from the water
we see technicolor shapes
magic treasure, signs & wonders:
a dragon rising from the lake;
the virgin mother with stars all around her;
a unicorn; a candy cane; santa and his reindeer;
a castle with turrets jeweled and gold
towering up through the dark
with a wounded king and lance-and-cup procession,
waiting for someone pure of heart —
not you,
not me,
but someone —


from Thy Tender Care, released December 3, 2018
harrison lemke - vocals, acoustic guitar, ebow guitar, bass guitar.
jared evans - electric lead guitar.


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