Semi​-​prepared remarks for a surprise awards ceremony

from Year of The Bird (Volume 4) by Pale Bird



I’m so grateful to be standing here before you - my voice is full of genuine surprise - on this, the most auspicious of occasions. I don’t know how I got here and I really don’t know why.

(Largely, I suspect, structural privilege, and something that looks like the luck I’ve always lived with. The difference is unclear)

I’m so glad I’m here with you
Dressed up, on the town
You look so good
When you’re not wearing a hospital gown
You still looked good then

Stop playing the music
I haven’t finished talking yet
I’ve a lot more thanks to give
Some platitudes I haven’t said
Is love all you need, really?

Sitting here in a winter living room
Alone, but for the imaginary crowds
At a ceremony in my honour of my devising
I’d have to say it is


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


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