You used to dream
Of that marmalade flame settling over the water
From the bow of boat, where the tanks overflow

And the air up above
Was an impassible wood
Twisting black yews
Dark as the crude

How that fills up my memories, I’d never realised
How that fills up my dreams, I never knew

And that lone wolfish hunger
When a young man sees float into view
A city at night for the very first time
New York or London or Tokyo or Rome

A sailor is someone that we all hope to be
A sailor is someone without any home

If you don’t want to burn, you can turn your head down
From the top of the ocean
Let it cover your crown
And dive deep towards the inevitable

But this dream that you had never appeared
And you gave away your parrot
And you trimmed back your beard

And you made your way back from the sea
To a place where you can run from the fire, or at least
There’s always rescue at hand
You made your way back to the land
You made your way back home


from Year of The Bird (Volume 4), released December 23, 2019


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