Over the Water

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My family, a brotherhood
walking over the water (over the water) with laughing:
an unexpected feeling following the sudden loss of control

I need clarity
that agonizing grandeur's a sobering verity: blood in salt water
this power isn't something we possess,
how dare a ship suggest it owns the wind within its sails?


I am staring from underneath the breakers
as my kin passes over me, lungs weighed with water
they're scattering
when I was raised above the wake I was all alone---they'd already gone

So don't tempt me:
I'm already building up ramparts surrounding me
with moats of dark water
I'm hiding
If I'm so prone to causing strife, I'll stay in here and keep you outside


Wake me up, wake me up!
How long have I been sleeping?
This isn't living, this is cowardice

Wake me up, wake me up!
I'm not seeing clearly
Break in, inside
and pull me out


We are a body of broken bones that needs setting
The remedy is self-forgetting again and again


from Over the Water, released August 31, 2013



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The Breaking Yard Portland, Oregon

The Breaking Yard is a force like water, calmly lapping against the shore until a wind or any other disturbance whips up a fury of white tipped crescendos terrifying the fragile reality of their audience. No malice is in their sound but a more treacherous trait, a pure honest love for humanity.

-Reggie Mace
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