Solid Wooden Heart

from by Barclay Burns



Sometimes my eyes just water
Solid wooden heart
Like when you put the car in neutral
In service of something larger
It’s obscured the more important part
Press the mute button, the sounds cut out

Now everything is getting harder
Getting harder just to start
Solid wooden heart

Sometimes my hands just shake
Frozen-over lake
In the ceiling of clouds
I’m waiting

Perfect ecosystem sealed in
Put it all to sleep for now
Until it thaws out, and I crawl out
Reflect the light away

It gets quiet all at once
Painted-over rust
Heatless, lightless sun
January dusk
I’m waiting…


from Get Nothing And Like It, released August 31, 2016



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