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Dead Weight

from Stay Awake Stay Alive by Desoto Jones



it must be the strain of the aging day. causing decay and our ends to fray. i've put in the work, i've punched in and out. a pattern has formed between the crust and the core. i'm stuck on the stage and every word i say. sends you away, i wish you would stay. but i'm forced to shrug and suffocate my lungs. with cigarette smoke, the dead weight tends to choke. and we can't come back down. so we stay the same. we've been force-fed. and it is far from okay. wasteful and sinful like criminals, behaving this way. we'll never save time for ourselves. selfish and full of it now its the same old story. subject to change. you can't remain on a single page. for more than shake, its for your own sake. and people can mend the most broken bones. while you look away, its such a shame. i've faced routine and it seems secure. all of the while, i needed more. i'll stick around just long enough to hear you say. "son, you know, that its the things you don't do that come back to you." consider it done, that my attention's too short. it spans way across your plastic smile. constructed by the things you own. stare beyond the face, unfocused and tame. lose yourself enough to forget your name. we never expected that somewhere along we'd get lost. we never expected that somewhere along we'd get lost. treasure these words. when you can't speak. and all child in you is gone. i'll stick around just long enough to hear you say...


from Stay Awake Stay Alive, released June 15, 2006


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