Remarks Upon Seeing The Milky Way With The Naked Eye

from Year Of The Bird (Volume 3) by Pale Bird



The darkness above the centre of town
This unending halo of rust
I see it within each of us
We’re born from and pass back into this dust

We were only 6 hours sailing from land
When every cloud cleared from the sky
A glowing ravine opened over our heads
The dark at its centre drew every eye

I’m not a sailor
I’m not a sailor
I can’t even swim the Australian crawl
And I think I should warn you, I’m not that kind of doctor
I don’t think you know me at all

So were you there all along
Waiting for us
To turn out the light
It’s hardly a smile cutting open the stars
Covering over the night


from Year Of The Bird (Volume 3), released September 20, 2019


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