Where Did You Go Without Your Spine?

from Marvin the Giant by Thom McCarthy

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Waker of the flame
Where did you go without the wind?
Careless in the calm
Bottomless pit you've fallen thin
Dunking all your senses in
The faded eye, the phantom limb
Where did you go without your spine?
Do tell.

Cancer of the soul
Down where the optic nerve goes dim
Stasis of the mind
Once we were homesick for our skin
The valley of the overgrown
The spotted owl, the demon clone
Where did you go without your gold?
Do tell.

Tripped over the sticks and moss, and landed in a tomb
My tongue was burned and scorched
And the flame went blue

Bursts of laughter blind my ears
This vital moment lasted years
Wild dogs of song
Fur-like needles
Fang-like claws

Pulling up the garden weeds
Chewing dirt and falling leaves
Where did you go without your guts?
Do spill.


from Marvin the Giant, released December 12, 2016


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