07 - The Canopy

from by Kevin Mason

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home
I guess I’m home you see
that’s what this buddhist sutra told me
so I guess I’m home
and free
I suppose I’m also free
I just read that I’m living in a dream
now I know so now I’m free
and pure
of this I can be sure
no more disenchanted war within myself
no from now on I’m pure
and my ego
loves that it don’t need no steeple
just rather sit and watch the trees grow
find that peace in my soul
where the blinding starlight cracks through the canopy
and I think I’ve been here before but can’t quite understand
all the forks in the road
the different lives that they might hold
and I lie eyes wide open at night
and I hope there’s enough time to make up for lost time
and yet as broken as this record is it’s such a nice ride
just give me a couple more years
before I finally kinda know what I’m doing
by then I’ll know what I’m doing
but then again haven’t I spent my whole life postponing goals to pursue
as if through some holy fluke I were immune to the future
“how arrogant how stupid” I whisper inside
as I lie eyes wide open at night
until the blinding starlight cracks through the canopy
and I’ve been here but this time got the world in my hands
and I’m just a stone’s throw from heaven this time it’s for real
so why is this such a familiar feeling?

I feel put in my place as time goes on
I’m only twenty eight, just a child to some
but I more closely relate to the thread
that begins before my birth and extends after my death
it’s the same thread that runs through all my friends
and through all the nameless heads lifting themselves from their beds
toward their aimless ends just to keep their hearts beating
maybe make amends with the things they’ll be leaving behind
the borrowed minds and bodies loaned
we’ve all emerged and will return to stone
so please hold somebody close and breathe them in
so long as these souls remain wrapped in this skin
and while my bones still hold my weight
I will stand in front of you, cold and naked
and share these poems that I pull from this place
that’s so old yet so ageless
a place where the blinding starlight cracks through the canopy
and I can hardly stand it some days I’d just rather blow away
on this ancient, now mangled breeze
as we wait for some savior to make us clean
but I don’t believe in such fabled things
so just know that I love you and your secrets are safe with me

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from Drinking Water, released June 7, 2017

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Kevin Mason Appleton, Wisconsin

I've lived in Illinois, Oregon, and currently Wisconsin. I have been writing songs most of my adult life and playing them publicly since 2015.

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