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black with green leaves

by Diane Cluck

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1.
crash thru the half-light of tomorrow morning stranded in the day you were hurrying to get to do you like the hands that are tangled in your hair now ? are they your own hands or are they somebody else's ? lunge through the evening shred all the hours i don't know what you want but some December morning put me in the aisle looking through the eye-hole tugging at the mask because the cut-outs never match up with my eyes... crash thru the half-light of tomorrow morning stranded in the day you were hurrying to get to do you like the hands that are tangled in your hair now ? are they your own hands or are they somebody else's ?
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i was raised by hysterics but the bed in my barracks afforded me views of the sky and so trained by the clouds neither troubled nor loud i was calmed by their silence and sigh to let go casting about with nothing to show when it rains on the barracks the rains falls on bare backs of prisoners leaning through windows from clouds drifting free strewn and boundlessly unbothered by which way the wind blows them along casting about and nothing is wrong when the body, the bones and the blood are all light and water that flows from day into night when the pull and the puncture are painless and bright i am here i am here in this life of hysterics, behold--simple lyrics ! my mind complicates and entraps but like knotted necklaces yanked when you're reckless some golden links fall in my lap skies from which i cowered bring forth only showers that soften the stuck and the hard now fingers drift outward from fists into flowers that spring from the mud in the yard oh, let go cast me about there is nothing to know
3.
when you're picking your pathway to eden and you focus ahead with your eyes don't be fooled if you fear what surrounds you-- they are flowers and friends in disguise and i noticed you said, “up ahead, there is nothing. look around--we are already done. the place that you're headed and here-- they are the same one.” when you walk with a partner to eden will you wander or stay by their side if they stop for awhile in the entrance and they turn back to give their goodbyes ? oh, i noticed you waited the gates were up but they started comin' back down... but you pulled me through before they came the whole way down
4.
first my fate was to be lied to cuz i liked it and i lied, too then my fate was on its round two out of two rounds it stopped-- it said “here i am here i am “come embrace me i'm yr long-lost i'm yr comeback i'm yr here-i-am don't waste me cuz i won't last long and i won't come back i'm yr here-i-am i'm yr here-i-am” slowly it comes 'round again second time--still it's not sure first time i lied said, “i'm not ready yet” and it slammed the door after suffering all the scabs falling off i can lie no more now one last try and it's so closeby in the starlight in the streetlight in the headlight in the houselight in the half-light in the no light even then, it's so bright you can't help but hear, “here i am “embrace me i'm yr long-lost i'm yr comeback i'm yr here-i-am don't waste me cuz i won't last long and i won't come back i won't come back i'm yr here-i-am i'm yr here-i-am”
5.
search party 03:20
and so into the woods we went deep and deeper deep and deeper night seemed to be falling you said, “how long ? how long ?” two by two two by the end were all that was left of the search party out in the night till at last they all went home from trees we watched in disbelief my eyes, your eyes, their eyes they all thought we'd been caught and so began disbanding two by two two by the end were all that was left only you and me up there in the night you said, “focus on their eyes and you'll know what they're saying. focus on their eyes from far away. can't you feel a comfort though the sky's gone grey ?”
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come move me along come you said you'd help if you could if i called time moving on i've had my share will you prop me up and tell me what to wear to the party tonight ? time moving on i couldn't care can you come around and help me fix my hair for the party tonight for the party tonight

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"Recorded in my house during late summer/fall of 2002, feeling generally overstimulated. Mics peaking throughout the recording, album title, “black with green leaves” indicating a sky so full of possibility I couldn't see the sun.

Original cd-r packaging included blood from my hands. "black with green leaves" was later distributed by Important Records as part of a double-cd package along with "macy's day bird": ttps://dianecluck.info/store

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released October 15, 2002

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Singer-songwriter in Charlottesville, VA

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