barometrics

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1.
There was a storm the night I broke into your home And the sky held its breath as I strode from room to room You lay awake in the red-grey alarm clock light Waiting patiently for its clatter to resume My mouth was filled with the bellicose taste of ink You undressed; your face impossible to gauge Did I imagine that the storm drew away As I turned you like a page, as I turned you like a page Should I write these words across your neck -- A dotted line of disrespect -- Just to wipe the ink clean from my fingers? In the heavy light of warm late afternoon We fell asleep in a stolen car’s back seat Parked on the brink of all of our indecent plans We woke to find them rendered newly incomplete When I held you down when we both held so still Did it matter who was in control? There was longing in your indecisive will There was something missing you begged me to make whole Should I write these words across your neck -- A dotted line of disrespect -- Just to wipe the ink clean from my fingers?
2.
stilled wind 02:01
I’ve been trapped by the stilled wind and the clear white sky I’ve been held so long now by this same weather that the peace and the quiet have grown so so loud
3.
fresh tape 04:54
we drove for hours in the rain the wipers flicked a metronome we tried to talk, but though we couldn’t quite explain our words found passage to their home weeks ago we found the cameras in our room and traced the cables across town a street-slick mix of pride and indignation bloomed when at last tracked them down the cameras were empty no one was watching us we took our time driving home through the fine retreating rain knowing that we were alone and everything remained the same the cameras were empty no one was watching us
4.
Darling, who has hurt you this way? Tell me, darling, please tell me Darling, who has hurt you this way? Tell me, tell me, tell me please darling The rains have ended I’m here to color your sky I never left, I’ll never leave darling I told you I would have tended to that clouded look in your eye so long ago if only you’d have let me hold you Someone once hurt you and for them I can be a storm; for them I have vengeance I have raindrops like knives, I have thunder But I’ll never desert you, my love I’ll keep you forever warm so please end my suspense tell me who did this? and I’ll tear them asunder Darling, who has hurt you this way?
5.
the hurricane has come and gone the hurricane has come and gone but we’re still waiting here … but we’re still waiting here earlier, as we drove home the wind twisted the leaves uncovering their pale undersides and the scent of water in the air was rich … … and suspenseful and then as the house shook and we held close everything we had done seemed so small … … so slight … what could we make that would shake this place and why should we even try? the hurricane has come and gone the hurricane has come and gone … but we’re still waiting here but we’re still waiting here …
6.
the forecast 04:13
7.
Forgive us, our loves We bring terrible news Your made-up friends are dead The sky up above Has abandoned its blues For a dull shade of red So you can bury your head in your pillow for hours We won’t bang on the door We’ve weathered a week Of interminate showers Your tears are just one more Don’t leave the lights on now-- --They’re never coming back Don’t whisper it so loud-- --They’re never coming back (inside voice-- inside--use your inside voice--inside --inside voice--inside--use your inside voice) We could lie to your face But you’d never adjust We’d get caught in the chase Complicit to the crime We’re not looking for trust When your faith is so tired But we don’t have much time And your guilt has expired
8.
there was a storm the night we moved into our home as though the sky could not hold its breath anymore the neighbors watched with frank and undisguised suspicion as we brought our equipment through the front door our experiments filled the night sky they drained the clouds of their sound everyone around us hid beneath their ears as if the end would never come … as if the end would never come did you say that you lost your umbrella? and that it looks just like mine? bite your tongue, i’m not sharing and it looks like rain all the time … we’ve erased the very language of the sky … denied all that there is left to deny … and still we cannot clean the ink from our fingers

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An exploration of the variable humidity and dryness of certain word- and non-word sounds.

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released January 17, 2019

Heather Shore & Kegan Heiss
Mastered by Saff Mastering

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