Since Before

by Juniper Tar

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1.
Twin Comet 05:11
My twin comet Was Herculean A bright crystal star Punished and bleeding Caved in and neutral An atom bomb Destroyed and sinking We saw it fall So I tamed the light I called it death The sad sack of circumstance And cold empty breath The grave resting number In a frozen white year The pointing dark finger in the Reflected mirror My twin comet Was Herculean A bright crystal star Punished and bleeding Delayed and dirty An atom bomb Destroyed and sinking We saw it fall We’ve grown tired I’m not worried We’ve grown tired We’re not worried My twin comet Was Herculean A cracked crystal star Punished and bleeding Caved-in and neutral An atom bomb Destroyed and sinking We saw it fall So we tamed the light We called it death A spoiled soulless home Of cold, empty breath A resting grey number In the frozen white year The pointing dark finger And the end was free We’ve grown tired I’m not worried We’ve grown tired We’re not worried
2.
Always gripping too hard We nearly slipped Into the ice Cold night Born here Married to life To cut the corners with A blood drenched knife I’ll leave Your shadow alone To the dreary silence That fell like the snow Now who’s holding the watch? To strip the gears And let the time fall out Always pushing too hard But never glowing In the goodnight moon The void we managed to steal In the buried sunrise Full of perished fuel To leave your shadow alone In the coated clearing We found in hello The drop we drew up with this The dullest cleaver And a chance to begin Always gripping too hard We nearly slipped Into the ice Cold night Born here Married to life To cut the corners with A blood drenched knife I left your shadow alone In the dreary silence That fell like the snow Now who’s holding the watch? To strip the gears And let the time fall out
3.
Canting 05:19
Steady your hands To sink like a stone Breathe like The calm you could Corral the tones Telepathy moans The light through the Cold dark sphere Adjoin the seams Full patterns Will gleam the glowing Remains of light You can’t steal The light side of day You can’t be wrong And miss the mistake Avoid the narrow remorse The scraping metal grind spark Of all the courage that’s lost When you slip in We watch the stones do it When they just sink Go curse your sleep While the beating hearts beat A dark pool Of silt and blood Your transparent stance In the historic dance Of removing The blame from you A gallop At halt a Tumultuous balk While the victim stands in the mirror You can’t steal The light side of day You can’t be wrong And miss the mistake Avoid the narrow remorse The scraping metal grind spark Of all the courage that’s lost When you slip in We watch the stones do it When they just sink
4.
Since 03:37
5.
At the end of the story With an ending Revealed Took the shift From the old guard This building’s not sealed With figures Passing into corners That one there Hit the light A scene that’s dotted And narrow When the pilot’s in flight When I get through the story To meet a friend And a ghost We barely meet With a head nod Despite this stained Varnished hope That twin Is hardly a sibling Or a back seated guide We saw that scene At the wedding Staring straight Through the bride Black pain You swallowed it all
6.
The fake cloud Of sad memory A bruised Empty version Of truth Replaced the noise Bending the status Of reversing the altar upstream Pain free recovery A gold light Will shatter the day Fold down The fiction frame Still froze In the dullness of fate Broke off The poison arrows Turned down The faded star Born after All the tremors Moved all this too far
7.
Before 03:47
8.
There was blood When the crown Was coiled With rust And the crowd Did see The tunnel shaped Opening It was real Receiving light The blue eyed boy He waved goodbye In the cold Cracked dome Was retained The memory Of the human gold Projected And flickering It was real Receiving light The blue eyed boy He waved Goodbye
9.
Weeds 03:44
Trying To figure out comfort I’m trying To pick up some speed The last full day’s Draping its cape And spreading seed We’re trying To dig up the weeds I’m trying To walk with a purpose I’m trying to determine the pace With soundless full echoes In blankets removing space Still trying to uncover The grace A short Moment The torn time to stay calm The cloud cover Pushed the bright A straight line I’m trying To figure out comfort And trying to pick up some speed The last full day Draping its cape And spreading seed The last full day Draping its cape And pulling weeds Short moment The torn time To stay calm The cloud cover Pushed the bright A straight line
10.
Black Pain 03:49
At the end of the story With an ending Revealed Took the shift From the old guard This building’s not sealed With figures Passing into corners That one there Hit the light A scene that’s dotted And narrow When the pilot’s in flight When I get through the story To meet a friend And a ghost We barely meet With a head nod Despite this stained Varnished hope That twin Is hardly a sibling Or a back seated guide We saw that scene At the wedding Staring straight Through the bride Black pain You swallowed it all
11.
Residents 05:15
A bruised throat A cold tongue Soaked in matter Small enough To come through Finished and new Clipped the clouds out And tore them up The slight gale The full wail Of phantom idiosyncrasies The dull roar Of closing doors Abandoned bodies Lay barely gone A small wave Of poised graves Slid through soundless Hollow haunts The light shone A chord moaned All blazing beauty Calm has begun Collecting the point Still clear There’s too much Math in adding And dividing it The polished pulp Of fear And borrowed bars Of self evidence In removing All the heart’s residents
12.
Past 05:30
13.
Vaults 04:15
The tongues were traded the Codes were cold The broken message Was seven years old A cadence sampled Like sips of wine While the view was buried Under murdering vines All blacked out On the road Called erasing We drove Right into the wall Its light now On the infinite tightrope To break through The panic-proof vault With a secret number Like twenty three This morning’s sparrow Won’t talk to me To keep a distance Is to turn away Total dark mourning All painted grey Its light now On the infinite tightrope To break through The panic-proof vault

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A document of death, being, space, time and connection written and recorded over the course of 2 years.

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released April 3, 2012

Recorded at Howl Street Recordings in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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