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crown your head with laurel and a sign warning all to approach with cautious feet
one should be ready to retreat
with your other eyes
with your other mouth
floating words to ears that were attuned to safety-blanket certainties
using what little was left of dignity we fought our way out
leaving several bodies in our wake
to justify such savagery we pointed at each other's hearts
turned to stare feet kicking through
spent shells
piled up and slept on
ignoring every morning after ache as a new normal takes the place
of every other head
every everything
biting hard to get a taste of something everybody else spat out
using what little...
blemishes on the face of every underhanded compliment
have a laugh at the noses we cut off
still you'll be the gauge i use
appraising every trinket
cataloged to catch dust
displayed in this private collection
using what little...


from Tales of Conquest - digital 7", released August 22, 2015



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The First Part San Angelo, Texas

Matthew Johnston: vocals/guitar, Jimmy Moore: bass, Matt Taylor: drums

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