Killers of the Wild

from Marvin the Giant by Thom McCarthy

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Swam with minnows, we farm the stream
Waste away, song of swan
Fear the moon-painted orange
To haunt the beaten road
On the frozen ark
For coffin wood, chopped down a tree
Found strength through the rusted axe.

Alone to the tunnels I go
Where the fuses all blow
horns buzzing
Your vertebrae cracked your golden, ivory canes.

Terrible are all the killers of the wild
the worms and the fowl
stalk the wolverine's tracks
and all who climb the pines.

Mercury, thicken my mind.
Heartless weaver in time, set the air on fire
Drown the mountain choir
Sore bellies in the sun to wash away

For the shadows, I pray
Typhoon from above
Cold blood on some stretch of the woods
Where seasons fade away.

And I wonder why
Killers of the wild
That's when they decompose
And become the germ
Had my bellyful
felt your sin
Now we're the last go to
Bone and skin.


from Marvin the Giant, released December 12, 2016


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