October / The Breaker & Repairer

from A Pebble of the Brook by The Duke of Norfolk

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lyrics

My barren arms
My barren branches
I smoked on the lawn,
you were humming a song

The tongue is fire and
it burns my eyebrows.
Curses and blessings
pour out like confessions.

I shouted your name
in the halal grocery—
the stress from the evening
converging upon me.

Please take the chisel
now, take the mallet;
the image envisioned
in need of revision.

And several times I awake each night
with palpable terror for the ghosts in the stairwell
then my mind returns for a while
to the Lago D’iseo with a comfort indepreciable.

The crisp autumn air,
the memory woken;
the joy and the pain
wore the same face.

All of these colors,
these symbols of passing,
the scent on the breeze,
the fall of the leaves.

And we wonder at the mystery
like a couple of eastern orthodox missionaries.

Still several times I awake each night
with palpable terror for the ghosts in the stairwell
for the grief and its bearers
for the truth’s dark declarer
for the trial and the error
for the chain and its wearer
for the lover and the sharer
the poison and preparer
the breaker and repairer

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from A Pebble of the Brook, released May 21, 2021

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The Duke of Norfolk is a peripatetic singer/songwriter from Oklahoma.

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