Pale the Ghost / Sharp the Edge

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Pale is the ghost hovering
the muffled spectre in my sleep

sharp is the edge that splits the flow
the waters above and the waters below

there’s a wind upon the sea that pushes and breathes
and the earth still turns as I begin to slow

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bright is the flower that tastes the sun
in the garden of my father’s home

but barren the branch when the winter comes
death is lead by death lead to grow

the body betrays the mind, given time
and the earth will shake when the seas start to grow

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I glanced your open doorway but declined to go inside
then I sat about the railway looking down the other line
they say don’t mix the forms and borders or have your tea with wine
I think it’s all so damned obscure I don’t see why that I should mind
if nothing is consistent and nothing doth remain
and all that you can hope for is some subtle, dark refrain
call the terms and orders give infirmity a line
for chaos to be buried, let the benediction fly

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the clouds begin to flare like
some fire on the air.

If indeed there is a heaven,
Then I hope to see you there

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from Attendre et Espérer, released November 2, 2018

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

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