Week 14: Fault Lines

from by John Brownell




The shifting lines
Of the merchants and their signs
Built many years ago
Threaten to outgrow
The anxious sun
That warms the bees
In the fruit trees
Buzzing around like they know
They may not be around tomorrow

Oh have they seen
The computer machine
So cold is that warm wonder
And there’s a hidden maze
Behind the cathode rays
Where the smell of the ozone might remind them of the thunder (and rain)

There’s an old joke
About a poor old bloke
Who’s being outrun by his friend
While being chased by an elephant
Or something like that
You may feel like a dummy
If you don’t think it’s funny
Buzzing around like you know
You may not be around tomorrow

And tomorrow feels
So perfect and real
Really really real and frustrating (they knew)
Ready for you
Ready to take action and do
Any and every thing that it’s gonna take (it’s true)

You are the blessed ones
But your daughters and your sons
They’re lost in the tableau (and they know)
It’s your fault lines
In your ageing spines
And the greatest gift you can give is getting to know
Getting to know that you may not be around tomorrow


from 2019 Song​-​a​-​Week Thingy, released January 1, 2019


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