Faltering Stars

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When you see someone you love who you know walks in shadow and who carries a heavier mental health burden than anyone else you know. When you count the number of attempts and breathe heavier every time they fail. When you wonder what they'll look like when you or someone else finds them for the last time. This is that song.


I want to stop picturing
The day they find your body--
Unmoving and boneless
Stagnant creekwater
Under an overpass
Passed over and naked
clothed in a shroud of
Tired and unwashed skin
On my worst days
I’m betting you’d smell just
Like surrender
If you didn’t reek of
The shame that kept
silencing your light
On my worst days
I wonder if this is how
You’ll look when we find you
Eyes off and to the right
Not a natural pose
Turned and held by gravity
You’ll be white belly limp
Loose unjointed limbs
They will turn your head and
Your neck will hold
No more light
And your veins
Will carry no more
faltering Stars
And your veins
Will carry no more
faltering Stars


from DEMO 2017, released March 11, 2017



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Demo cassette available 3/24/17 from Bitter Melody Records.

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