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The Kraken

by Autumn Rising

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I watch the joyless river flow, backwards. Again and again, replay it - the critical instant I became an unwanted pet. I'm not Jack the Ripper, how do I warrant shudders? Since when were words flamethrowers? earthshakers? Purple sunlight sprawling amonst our skipping stones courage was drawing, it swelled to overflow and spill a question just like a pebble cast. There was a ripple where the should be a splash. Surrounding, like stretching giants, the trees were never so tall. It wasn't Jack the Ripper you refused there by the river. I let the hate evaporate and amputate the truth from the mythology. Preserved inside formaldehyde, she hides behind a shield of wool. Invisible, but not to Jack the Ripple. 14mar1997
prick the vein of violet, just below the surface. vacant was the bassinet, when your parents searched it. we wait for it to cool as Beelzebub makes his rounds. but it's taking so long. "Will you marry me?" he said. "Will you bear my children?" Nothing is forgiven.
Thanksgiving 02:08
silken lines and silver hooks draw and quarter pleasure we took what we once were, dogs disfigured and friends became a nimbus blur but we were young and monsterless, now vampires collect their taxes on thanksgiving.
flesh was polished ivory, secluded in black veils swirling lace, gratuity the minutes were for sale movements slicken, no restrictions in the audience, I fell begged the devil to drag me out of there i couldn't do it by myself outside in the parking lot, i lay in broken glass just like those dead elephants crumpled in the tall grass
Somersaults 03:37
plummet to new depths of doing nothing with a life. i demonstrate swan dives. a long established reign of routine rejections and crestfallen low tides. i release butterflies and take lonely pony rides through uncharted countryside. thinking, i can't make myself believe in something more, believe that no one else has felt like this before. because it's all i've ever known. while she does somersaults over me, like gold, saddened by what she beholds underneath.


released January 1, 1997

Robert Steven Billups - guitar, voice
Jerry Dirr- drums
Stephen Howard- bass
recorded by Gerald Menke in a basement.


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