The End is Sweet and Near

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The end is sweet and near
The end is sweet and not far off
The end is sweet and near
The end is sweet and not far off

I like it here, at the end,
It’s peaceful and quiet
There is nothing but the rustling
Of the plastic on the windows

Spring had been knocking
Snowmelt weeping from the eaves
Tonight it’s all gone, full retreat,
And we’re headed for a deep freeze

The heater cycles on
The house around me breathes
Life and all it has brought
Has got me on my knees

Then I open up my computer screen
Scroll through my hometown news
And see in the public memorial feed
A name I thought I’d never see

From his family’s words
I surmised a suicide
“He found the peace that he’d sought”
He dropped his life like a heavy rock

No, no that’s not me
That’s not my story
So I won’t tell it
To myself any more

Come morning I wake up early to
Leave this dark and lonely room
In which I’ve learned to borrow
In which I’ve waged my sorrows

Cermak Prairie to Eighteenth
Through the infrastructural labyrinth
It’s a misty day on the frozen lake
A misty day on the frozen lake

The sun rising over Michigan
Burns the mist away and it’s day again
Forgive me my shallowness
And my hard-hearted callowness

The end is sweet and near
The end is sweet and not far off
The end is sweet and near
The end is sweet and not far off

And I think of what you’d said,
It’s raging through my head,
“All you’ll see are shadows
If you never face the light.
All you’ll see are shadows
If you never face the light.
All the world’s in shadow
If you turn away from the light.”

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from Lunagraphy, released April 10, 2014

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