Terracotta Heart

from by Ben Crane

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There’s a thread that I’ve been slowly spinning in my head
On a loom I only work while I lie awake in bed

The single strand of cotton twists tighter every time
Thoughts of strangers drift through the hallways of my mind

And I’m filling up with promises that I intend to keep
Dedicated to the folks that I have yet to meet
and my heart’s made of terracotta
Fired in a kiln last night
Buried in the ventricles that didn’t go quite right
They didn’t go quite right

There’s a ship I’ve been building
With the white cage of my ribs
and by the stars I’m navigating and cause this vessel is
Ventilated, perforated, just a body full of holes
And half-finished goals

I’m filling up with water now
And it’s getting much too deep
And I’m losing sight of all those promises I meant to keep
But my terracotta heart still floats above the sea
Soaked in salt and water and little bits of me
Little bits of me


from Hay Fever, released April 22, 2011



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