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by Sarah & the Safe Word

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Happy Winter Solstice from Sarah And The Safe Word.


A little crow, he came to me
and asked what to do with the snow.
We tried and tried to sweep it clean,
but the cold,
it continued to blow.

Old friends have since grown
to something a little less kind.
The bird flew north,
but as for me,
I’m stuck with what he left behind:

An oil slick black
dress made of words you can’t take back.
The feathers choke around my neck.

They built me a stage on the nest that he razed.
I’m breathless as I take a bow.
It’s consequenceless,
and I should have known that by now.

Your cost of business.

Whispers loud.
Vicious and vile, they turn the crowd.
The curtain call’s a little too real right –
Now they are rushing and pushing and begging for blood.
The lights are going down.

Pin sharp and violent,
We plead your lips quiet
We say
“Be a good bird and sing.”
The embers in timbers,
They live for December
And we know the fire they’ll bring.

It’s dying out,
And I see it now:
I don’t have a use for the name
that they’ve disavowed.
I stand to my feet
I spread my wings
And I take my crown.


released December 21, 2021


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