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Your Holiday Good Feelings Penitentiary

from Twelve Nights by Harrison Lemke



You put up your lattice of little lights
on green strings like barbed wire
to keep the feelings in,
but without the freeze on the window latches
they scratch and scrape
their weary way out anyway.

You've filled this space
with distant relations, their kids & little pets
and porcelain decorations, wrapped gifts & shiny ornaments
to make things fit,
but you just have trouble breathing when they're more than you can bear
and the feeling finds no respite in the swampy southern air
because the things you miss
all left in search of better climes some time ago,
and certainly wouldn't be caught dead in these halves of afternoons
with friends that you now barely even know.


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




Harrison Lemke Austin, Texas

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