Girl at the Bodega

from by Benny Koziol

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When the dust settles clear and I see her standing there
I'm overwrought with joy and cannot speak.
I find myself humming songs 'neath my breath in the rush-
as the day unfolds I still hold unto something.

But when I get struck by some panic or get stuck
on the violent tides and plagues that all could be...

Oh I feel her hand inside my palm
and my heart slows down to a calm.
Every day I fall a little more-
just a little more.

Like the rock to the sea, she bore so much for me.
So much that any other would have fled.
She kissed my ears and tuned out all the babbling of cruel mouths.
Only harmonies grace the stage of my senses.

And the sphere seems to stop on its axis when we talk.
A cosmic bliss, a starfish in the sand...

Oh I breathe her name in morning hymns,
surrounding to lover's whims.
Every day I fall a little more-
just a little more.

So here and there, words drift through the air-
words our lips have never known before.
She casts them 'round, conjures ghosts and sounds.
She ropes my knees and tortures my desires.

I've always been the kind to practice care and pay mind.
I've been too scared of driving off the edge...

Oh no, this time I'm running blind and free.
We're skipping through eternity.
I'm your captive- launch me to the sea, babe.
To the sea.


from Another Country, released May 6, 2017



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