Drought

from by Ben Meyerson

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Drought

There’s haze a-risin’ on city towers
that ripen like trees in an orchard,
whose fruit, like a sparrow, will chirp in our marrow
and plummet when juiced and tortured.

My body will idle in summer dew
while the city plays to its dead:
I won’t say I miss this – your steps are hot kisses
on pavement that arches itself to your tread.


[Chorus]
There is a better death:
I will take it with me, feed it more –
you won’t brighten no breath, or darken no door.

No pause for you to bear it:
I will frighten up dust from its core,
‘cause you won’t brighten no breath, or darken no door –

the city sweats out all the things you swore.


Your presence will wane in impassive heat
that closets and curtains this city:
I won’t settle no score; I’m not really here anymore –
I’ll be back and beyond your pity.

The haze a-risin’ on city towers
will dip and distill in its sky.
Like a god that’s been bested, I’ll be resurrected:
the fruit here is fallen – we watch it die.


[Chorus]
There is a better death:
I will take it with me, feed it more –
you won’t brighten no breath, or darken no door.

No pause for you to bear it:
I will frighten up dust from its core,
‘cause you won’t brighten no breath, or darken no door –

the city sweats out all the things you swore.

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from Euhemerism EP, released June 29, 2016
Guitar: Kevin Cicuta
Vocals: Ben Meyerson
Harmonica: Ben Meyerson

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Ben Meyerson Toronto, Ontario

Ben Meyerson is a poet and musician who currently resides in Toronto, Canada. You can find more of his work on his website, which he treats as a hub for his creative projects so that words and music can come together more effectively. He can be contacted at benmeyersonmusic@gmail.com. He'd love to hear from you. ... more

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