Windows Painted Shut

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two small canary birds, melting in a pet store
he met her at spring's ceiling, eyes like an open door
she asked him to find a lion, wanted to hear a roar
he drove her down to the zoo, danced on the kitchen floor

he brought her canary birds, wings would help he supposed
home to their little house, all of the windows closed
held her head in his hands, caught what he loved the most
two small canary birds, never to leave their post.

two small canary birds, watching a life drip by
bare feet on kitchen floor, days they would laugh and cry
he drove to the hospital when she had a broken arm
the bone never healed quite right, call it a good luck charm
two small canary birds, listening as she sings
perched on a rusty bar, not going to need their wings

one day she dropped herself down to the kitchen floor
cheek pressed to tiles where their feet had danced before
two small canary birds, I wait but I don't know why
caged by the curtained panes, so close to that damn sky
she lit a cigarette, the windows still painted shut
wait for the birds to sing, smoke like a paper cut

two small canary birds, whistling as they choke
fumbling with narrow bars she lets them out in the smoke
she lets herself to her knees, scribbles on yellowed page
birds don't belong in here, nothing deserves a cage
our lions are behind bars, our windows are painted shut
I'm losing sight of the sky, tired of hearing, but

let her canary birds down on the kitchen floor
and left him at spring's ceiling, but didn't go through the door

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from Grey Skies, Green Grass, released September 8, 2014

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