Open Ocean

by Mike McClanahan

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When I lay
I lay and dream of other worlds
the waves come crashing down
Upon her moonlit chest

But I worry about so much
About the path I've taken
The lies I've told
About the way she's waiting

Satellites take me far away from here
Away from cold
From wanting to break down
Say goodbye
To everything you've ever known
I'm getting older
It's dragging me way down

I can breathe
Like a fish In my imagination
Growing fins
Under waves
Unaware of a ceiling

I'm the one
I'm the knife
In the open drawer
Full of junk
I'm the book
You should never be reading

Dead of night
Book of spells
Or a false religion
I can write
Words on top
But you never can see them

Now I live
Like a corpse
In a guilty prison
Writing lines
Making excuses
For a lack of believing


released May 7, 2017




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