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JEFF CALLAHAN: Music

Together Alone

(Jeff Callahan)
You breathe gold and jade, dwell in clothes you made. You are all I have known . . . together alone.

I draw gentle blame, tangle winter flame. I am all you have known . . . together alone.

Trickle the hours on the fruit and not the flowers. Shaping clay hearts, west winds false start. Stone chimes take part to soften the glare down midsummer’s muddy stare.

We spring as from dust. Straw dogs know mistrust. We are all we have known . . . together alone.

Bend the hurricane through a tempered weather vane. Shaping clay hearts, west winds false start. Stone chimes take part to soften the glare down midsummer’s muddy stare.

Seasons lie stillborn subtle as a thorn. They are all we have known . . . together alone.

Strain the shadow damp with prayer and paraffin lamp. Shaping clay hearts, west winds false start. Stone chimes take part to soften the glare down midsummer’s muddy stare.