you are carried by swans
over land and sea
nothing moves in the trees
nothing moves beneath

over an oil slick beach
pitch night in nostril and eye
red root of your voice
tears bright tendrils of sky
like a mandrake’s red howl

it’s nearly your name

you are carried beyond
what you were bred to believe
broken glass cuts the road
it moans hoarse and full

it’s nearly your name

you are carried by thieves
of voices and dreams
close a fist on a sunbeam
shower of meteor seeds
fertilizes the dust
a plough runs through the fire
where no flower could grow

we are awakening dust
we are a feast for the birds
by an old dry well
a mandrake’s red howl
tears the heavens in two
see the sky fill with swans


from Visitors Are Allowed One Kiss, released April 4, 2016



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Clara Engel Toronto, Ontario

Guitarist, songwriter, singer, visual artist.

Based in TO.

Portrait of Clara by Yuki Komura

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