Two Feet Toward Solstice

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I've a scratch on my watch face
From climbing the half-roof
To pull back the gear
From a billowing storm;
Those reminders of simpler times
Feel etched in my skin.

Now I've worries like flurries
Amid love like white ashes,
I know all my ticks
And I know how to feel
To the tips of my toes;
'Least I'm better at laughing now.

It's not done yet.

I fall in too quickly
And burn like a dry match,
I feel like an hourglass
Repeatedly tipped,
But the feeling of sand running through me
Is better than emptiness.

There's a sense of what's coming
In every new morning,
The rime of a sunrise
That burns through my eyelids
Too beautifully orange.
Yes, it's sad
But it's better than lying.

It's not done yet.

I'm not trying to turn into someone I'm not,
But it's hard to speak
When there's cotton and bunting
Where I once had tongue.

We're not alone,
But we're still not home.

So bring me the gale-force
Of growing up quickly;
I've learned several years
In just barely six months.
I'm convinced that the greater things
Are just hiding in little thoughts.

If you told me last summer
I'd know more by winter
Than I ever wanted
On promise and love,
Maybe I'd want to.
Just probably not this way.

But it's not done yet.
It's not done yet.


from Free Therapy, released March 15, 2017
Isabella Ness, guitar & vox



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middlescence Washington, D.C.

Eve the guitar, Isabella the human. Life happens, and so we sing about it to make it hum a little louder.

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