each day (could be a whole world)

from by The Cardboard City

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Each day
could be a whole world

It could
stay frozen in flow
feeding ev’ry other river
Keeping me locked up
becalming ev’ry quiver

Nothing else acknowledged
but the skeleton of a thought
A pose without clothes
An amateur knot

It isn’t such a stretch
to reach across that divide
But when a hungry ghost incarnate
pushes hard against the inside
it looks like you’re bound
it looks like you’re stuck
held down by cords that you
spun out of bad luck

Determined or doomed
seem to be mostly equal
And an uncertain approach
can be delicately lethal

So I don’t know
who to gather together
in my faithless arms
with my neglected belief

Addicted to my misery
A single potent hit
Lured in by the song
Not knowing when to quit

Ev’ry one of these days
a chapter in a book
with the edges of the pages
neatly charred

More than sentimental
Less than yet alive
An interruption born
to survive

Each day
begins inside the next

ahead of what’s here
breathing into distraction
Speaking out of time
sanctifying inaction

Ev’rything excepted
All reason abandoned to want
A style without form
A cosmological taunt

A keening toward the depths
An intimation of need
The dedication to illusion
Killing silences with greed
It wouldn’t be so wrong
Might hold out some hope
If I could just be still and let
go of this fraying rope

I pushed it to the edge
Filled up the field of view
Stole all the spaces to think
Held on too tightly (to you)

So it’s way past dawn
but the sun is still climbing
swelling into death
saturating time

To rise above mythology
To find a quiet room
To inhabit just the now
To feel the moment bloom

Ev’ry one of those thoughts
a leaf pressed between leaves
held close by definitions out of

Laid completely open
Ready to be still
A blank elaboration
of will


from Heavy Paper, released January 25, 2016




The Cardboard City Berlin, Germany

The Cardboard City are a Berlin group composed of Noel Bush, who writes and sings the songs and plays keyboard; Henrik Lafrenz, who plays the drums; Micha Bürgle on bass; and Niels Hoogendoorn on electric guitar (though he wasn't yet with the group when they recorded "Heavy Paper"). The group is working on a new album now, due out later in 2017. ... more

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