Roethke [demo]

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I'm sorry mom, but daddy doesn't love you anymore.
He told me so, said let you know to read the letter that he wrote.
It's on the door.
Well, I read it to myself. He's concerned about your health.
I didn't know.
Why do you kill yourself?

When he left he said "I'm sorry son. I'm leaving on a train,
but I'll be back--yeah, I'll be back. I promise things won't stay this way,"
and he shook my hand.
It was dark outside but I could hear a bird singing a song about
a dream he had involving two now reacquainted friends;
It had been so long.
They were sailing with Columbus, Isabella, and her slaves when
the boat burst into flames and they were drowning...
All the same.

And my grandfather, he has one eye. He uses it to watch me.

This shaking keeps me steady, I should know.
This shaking keeps me steady, I should know.

He said "Caroline, you called my name.
I'd forgotten it. But it's over now and you don't have to cry."

"Just take my hand. I'm sorry if it's changed. But things won't stay this way."


from Emily, released August 17, 2014



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