Oh! I’m eating a fish! What a surprise
One’s been on my plate day after day
I suppose that’s not enough cause for complaint

There’s an angry green-grey whittling our island away
Trying to swallow us, day after day
Never forgiving and never the same

By day, I scan the sea for the safe return
Of all our fisherfolk
By dusk, my fingers burn
In the racing green of the oscilloscope
And almost every night
There’s a signal that I’ve seen that means
I don’t quite give up hope

I’m sorry I had to get so far away
To talk about how I feel
I always dreamed of escape
I never thought I needed people much
But now I miss your touch
And, yes, this life’s a novelty
But day to day’s monotony without you walking next to me

One day I slipped my foot
Into the oily water, and I can’t describe the feeling
As I walked along the shore
Collecting creatures we might eat, as I do every evening
And one night I’ll look up
I’ll see the moon, and I’ll forget that’s not the moon you’re seeing

That’s not the same moon that you are seeing


from Unwavering Sentinels of Dreaming, released December 1, 2020
Vocals, 7 string guitar, acoustic guitar, Novation Circuit: Martin Austwick


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