moth to porchlight

from by ashleigh bassett

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I’ve been dry over a year now, I’m trying to get the taste out of my mouth
I want to write a song that pours out like a baptismal fount-
I want my tears to fall like Jericho -walls of rain to the ground-
It will be a wet morning the day I wake to know myself-

There’s a spider on my porchlight always spinning and rebuilding her web;
I know her labor, her ambition, and the wholes she mends-
it’s day-in and day-out trying to fill all the empty space
and eating up the sadness that get’s caught up in it

I keep having a dream I’ve been given a set of keys
I spend my whole life searching, trying to open things-
and when I finally die (alone and unknown and empty)
they string my heart to the keyring and pass me off to some nobody

I wish I only knew kindness, like Faith, the girl I just met-
She only sees good intentions, her expectations are seldom met-
She’s so blinded by the porchlight, she don’t know she’s caught in the web-
She’ll be humbled when it rains to find her wings again re-(damned / damped)-
She’ll be strung up with the keys torn from empty chests-


from the plunge, released September 20, 2014



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