In Lieu of Love

from by Celestica

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i wish you could love without distance
never asking for warm caress
or a figure to follow
or even a helping hand
still following your footsteps

i'd rather starve than to be hungry for attention
the greatest lie i have ever told
staring down the bottom of the glass
to fill the absence

severed ties and different names
afterimages and forgotten heirs
your ego remains untouched
the single root of our family tree

forest fires and confrontations
enemies for following generations
but i am the same bad seed as you
the same hollow body,
the same hollow love

child of imagination felt the bloodhail
and the salt of someone's elses unburdened skin
child of paper walls uncollapsed
veered between fragility and rejection

fill the void with chains
i would rip them out if only you would let me
they have settled and built a home
counting down the days until they move out of you.
and in to me.


from How to Speak With Gravity, released July 15, 2016



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