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REDUNDANCY

Walking through the neighborhood of cards

You built on Sunday mornings

I become a clumsy astronaut

Hindered by this space suit of precariousness

And ever so anxious I may destroy what you created

Because I think to know this:

That the cards are a metaphor of you –

Your exoskeleton laid out, leaving you

Without protection as you trust me not

To break you. You trust

I will cherish your fragility

And I will try to keep that trust unharmed

But did you think of the responsibility

You thrust upon my frame?

There you go

Walking across a rope, blindfolded

Expecting me to keep you from falling

But then why did you step on the rope in the first place?

And why do you depend on me for you to be

Safe and sound and happy?

There is a better guard to take good care

Of all your vulnerability

It is not me. Only you

Can safe you if you want to

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REDUNDANCY
Walking through the neighborhood of cards
You built on Sunday mornings
I become a clumsy astronaut
Hindered by this space suit of precariousness
And ever so anxious I may destroy what you created
Because I think to know this:
That the cards are a metaphor of you –
Your exoskeleton laid out, leaving you
Without protection as you trust me not
To break you. You trust
I will cherish your fragility
And I will try to keep that trust unharmed
But did you think of the responsibility
You thrust upon my frame?
There you go
Walking across a rope, blindfolded
Expecting me to keep you from falling
But then why did you step on the rope in the first place?
And why do you depend on me for you to be
Safe and sound and happy?
There is a better guard to take good care
Of all your vulnerability
It is not me. Only you
Can safe you if you want to
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THE LOVE OF PAIR ANNIHILATION

If only you were as subtle

As a piano concerto on a quiet night

Maybe then we could talk and speak of love

And speak of things that bind us together

Instead of setting us apart. I want to feel

Your heartbeat resound in my ears

But all I feel

Is your anger on my skin

And the words which tear us apart

Imprinted in neurons that cannot forget

And the heart that keeps on loving

Even if it is destroyed in the chemistry

And the pallor where your touch

Makes the blood run still

Is this even an embrace or do we suffocate

In boundless love, nearly parasitic in intensity

In vivid hatred, almost brutal in its nature

If only I could find words

Able to break your monologue

Words to tell you that this connection

This attraction that brought us together

However briefly,

Is what may destroy us if we move

Any closer. If we fall further

In love with this contorted, twisted love

Because you know, even if still unaware

We are equal. We were made equally

In heart and bones, we were shaped

On the same anvil

Were both born out of fire and then

Beaten until strong

We are equal but opposite.

The consequences are for the both of us

Because when equal opposites meet in the plane

Of physics through which we all must move

Uniting matter and antimatter in a moment’s kiss

Both are inevitably destroyed in annihilation

And all that frustration will be gone, so swiftly

Because it will be as if we, as if this love,

Never did exist

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THE LOVE OF PAIR ANNIHILATION
If only you were as subtle
As a piano concerto on a quiet night
Maybe then we could talk and speak of love
And speak of things that bind us together
Instead of setting us apart. I want to feel
Your heartbeat resound in my ears
But all I feel
Is your anger on my skin
And the words which tear us apart
Imprinted in neurons that cannot forget
And the heart that keeps on loving
Even if it is destroyed in the chemistry
And the pallor where your touch
Makes the blood run still

Is this even an embrace or do we suffocate
In boundless love, nearly parasitic in intensity
In vivid hatred, almost brutal in its nature

If only I could find words
Able to break your monologue
Words to tell you that this connection
This attraction that brought us together
However briefly,
Is what may destroy us if we move
Any closer. If we fall further
In love with this contorted, twisted love
Because you know, even if still unaware
We are equal. We were made equally
In heart and bones, we were shaped
On the same anvil
Were both born out of fire and then
Beaten until strong
We are equal but opposite.
The consequences are for the both of us
Because when equal opposites meet in the plane
Of physics through which we all must move
Uniting matter and antimatter in a moment’s kiss
Both are inevitably destroyed in annihilation
And all that frustration will be gone, so swiftly
Because it will be as if we, as if this love,
Never did exist
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IN THIS SANCTUARY

Little birds tend to fly away

Do not stay for captivity, for oppression

It is a cage because it is not a home

It is not a home because the walls are made of

Heartless laughter resonating against iron bars

And the dust on your skin mingles with cyanide

Breathing toxicity into the air I breathe

Seeding doubt where you are the one where doubt is due

Making your sins my own

Driving your nails through my hands

Onto this wood. Enough darkness –

I will flee in the beauty and melancholy of

Tchaikovsky in the violin concerto

Where you cannot find me

Imprisoning my body but without soul

And without soul it shall be useless

A chirping bird that speaks of nothing

And that cannot sing.

I am hiding in that melody

That drifts across space and time

And is heard again and again

By the multitudes which are always enchanted

By so much loveliness. When I listen

I hear a consolation beyond words

Music is beyond capture. It cannot be

Enslaved or forced to labor or to love

It cannot be bound by matrimony

It cannot be taken by trickery

It can only be understood by those who hear

The secrets it speaks slide off you like water while

I live in music and music is my sanctuary

But you – you built your house from noise

The sound of breaking things and deconstruction

There is no harmony in your dissonant heart

Therefore – I am hiding in that melody

Until I find strength to fly

Until I go and leave you

Did you think you could hold on to me

Drowning man in the water, refusing to die

Suffering sinner stealing the heart of other’s compassion

Ignorant fool poisoning what might have been

Your last chance at happiness. I reached out

To save you, but you snatched me from the water side

To not drown alone

To not end unwitnessed and unknown

But I am not drowning

This is not death. Not mine

Because I am not here

As I said to you before

I am hiding in this sanctuary of music

You built me a cage to keep me down

But I built myself a house out of hope

Where Tchaikovsky’s concerto plays to

Set me free, even in these chains

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IN THIS SANCTUARY
Little birds tend to fly away
Do not stay for captivity, for oppression
It is a cage because it is not a home
It is not a home because the walls are made of
Heartless laughter resonating against iron bars
And the dust on your skin mingles with cyanide
Breathing toxicity into the air I breathe
Seeding doubt where you are the one where doubt is due
Making your sins my own
Driving your nails through my hands
Onto this wood. Enough darkness –

I will flee in the beauty and melancholy of
Tchaikovsky in the violin concerto
Where you cannot find me
Imprisoning my body but without soul
And without soul it shall be useless
A chirping bird that speaks of nothing
And that cannot sing.
I am hiding in that melody
That drifts across space and time
And is heard again and again
By the multitudes which are always enchanted
By so much loveliness. When I listen
I hear a consolation beyond words
Music is beyond capture. It cannot be
Enslaved or forced to labor or to love
It cannot be bound by matrimony
It cannot be taken by trickery
It can only be understood by those who hear
The secrets it speaks slide off you like water while
I live in music and music is my sanctuary
But you – you built your house from noise
The sound of breaking things and deconstruction
There is no harmony in your dissonant heart
Therefore – I am hiding in that melody
Until I find strength to fly
Until I go and leave you

Did you think you could hold on to me
Drowning man in the water, refusing to die
Suffering sinner stealing the heart of other’s compassion
Ignorant fool poisoning what might have been
Your last chance at happiness. I reached out
To save you, but you snatched me from the water side
To not drown alone
To not end unwitnessed and unknown

But I am not drowning
This is not death. Not mine
Because I am not here
As I said to you before
I am hiding in this sanctuary of music
You built me a cage to keep me down
But I built myself a house out of hope
Where Tchaikovsky’s concerto plays to
Set me free, even in these chains
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GRAVITY

This is not a heart attack

It is the pain of empathy

Trying to glue the wings

Back on the broken birds

But some things once broken

Cannot be fixed

They do not die, they cannot

Sometimes it’s worse to break

Because broken ones still feel

Rejection when they are moving silently

In eclipse cold, in isolation

And the broken birds still want to fly

Hearing the call of the flock but muted

Their voices lost. And the happiness of others

Is not their own, it cannot be

Their eclipse does not depend on

Stars moving along the charts, on collisions of

Celestial bodies when the light goes wordlessly.

It is an eclipse of thought entirely

And the broken birds pray

Let me fly, God, I was made for flight

Let me live, God, I was made for life

But if you cannot grant my wish

Let me go, God, I was meant to go

This is not a heart attack

It is the shattering of love

The birds without their wings

Resting in twilight immobilized

We were not meant to break.

At least we suffer patiently

Because we cannot run away

From the pain of the empty house

From the pain of empty gardens

From the beating of empty hearts

We stare into our darkness until our eyes are

Blinded by moonlight

Or until darkness turns away, having found

Something darker than itself

Fleeing from my radiance

I am in darkness, but I shine

And this dark light goes beyond

It is unbreakable and it has wings

That bring it to all those places where I cannot go

And on those dark wings of thought

I will survive this night of all the nights

To grow new wings, quietly, for when

Morning comes and the white light

Comes rolling over the mountains

Bursting from the sky, raining down

On all of us waiting to take off for flight

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GRAVITY
This is not a heart attack
It is the pain of empathy
Trying to glue the wings
Back on the broken birds
But some things once broken
Cannot be fixed
They do not die, they cannot
Sometimes it’s worse to break
Because broken ones still feel
Rejection when they are moving silently
In eclipse cold, in isolation
And the broken birds still want to fly
Hearing the call of the flock but muted
Their voices lost. And the happiness of others
Is not their own, it cannot be
Their eclipse does not depend on
Stars moving along the charts, on collisions of
Celestial bodies when the light goes wordlessly.
It is an eclipse of thought entirely
And the broken birds pray
Let me fly, God, I was made for flight
Let me live, God, I was made for life
But if you cannot grant my wish
Let me go, God, I was meant to go

This is not a heart attack
It is the shattering of love
The birds without their wings
Resting in twilight immobilized
We were not meant to break.
At least we suffer patiently
Because we cannot run away
From the pain of the empty house
From the pain of empty gardens
From the beating of empty hearts
We stare into our darkness until our eyes are
Blinded by moonlight
Or until darkness turns away, having found
Something darker than itself
Fleeing from my radiance
I am in darkness, but I shine
And this dark light goes beyond
It is unbreakable and it has wings
That bring it to all those places where I cannot go
And on those dark wings of thought
I will survive this night of all the nights
To grow new wings, quietly, for when
Morning comes and the white light
Comes rolling over the mountains
Bursting from the sky, raining down
On all of us waiting to take off for flight
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PASSENGERS OF TIME

Only these words are independent

Not what they describe

Someone else is in control of navigation.

Are we their stowaways

Or have they hijacked our lives?

Are we to be passive or

Are we awaiting our time?

Are we their prisoners

Or is the prison in the minds of the people

Steering this ship, urged by an inescapable sense

A force that drives them forward towards

Gold and certain death.

I must refrain myself from answering these questions

Too soon. So I sit back

And tell myself to ride the waves

The waves of change

The answers are always shifting

Only time remains

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PASSENGERS OF TIME
Only these words are independent
Not what they describe
Someone else is in control of navigation.
Are we their stowaways
Or have they hijacked our lives?
Are we to be passive or
Are we awaiting our time?
Are we their prisoners
Or is the prison in the minds of the people
Steering this ship, urged by an inescapable sense
A force that drives them forward towards
Gold and certain death.
I must refrain myself from answering these questions
Too soon. So I sit back
And tell myself to ride the waves
The waves of change
The answers are always shifting
Only time remains
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RIDDLE MAKER

It’s not so fun on the other side of the cryptogram

When they’re trying to crack the keys to your mind

Cataloguing what’s inside into public knowledge

It was you who turned my mind into a riddle

Which we’re fighting to solve first

You who wish to kill its light

I who want to save it

It is like this, put simply:

I reach out with hopeful eye

Happiness winks, dissolving –

Only another hologram you projected

On the wall while I daydreamed

Happiness smiling and dancing away

But there’s still you, the riddle maker

Making riddles in my heart

However, I present to you your karma

As your riddles and mine combined

Are insolvable and inseparable like those cubes

The impossible ones with the dimensions all wrong

And right at the same time –

So congratulations.

You and me

Neither of us can solve me

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RIDDLE MAKER
It’s not so fun on the other side of the cryptogram
When they’re trying to crack the keys to your mind
Cataloguing what’s inside into public knowledge

It was you who turned my mind into a riddle
Which we’re fighting to solve first
You who wish to kill its light
I who want to save it

It is like this, put simply:
I reach out with hopeful eye
Happiness winks, dissolving –
Only another hologram you projected
On the wall while I daydreamed
Happiness smiling and dancing away
But there’s still you, the riddle maker
Making riddles in my heart

However, I present to you your karma
As your riddles and mine combined
Are insolvable and inseparable like those cubes
The impossible ones with the dimensions all wrong
And right at the same time –
So congratulations.
You and me
Neither of us can solve me
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DANGER - SOMNAMBULISTS

Sleepers

Wear their unfortunate masks of innocence

With sway and pride as Dorian Gray

Sleepers

Say they did not mean to

When internal injury makes you see the pictures of your life

Sleepers

Repeat words already spoken by a million, in millennia

Spreading judgement and fear and fear of judgement

Sleepers

Swap their friends and lovers, swiftly, casually

Because there’s always other people out there

Should you find one today

Shake him so he wakes

But if unresponsive let him sleep

The dreamers are out of our reach

Followers of Morpheus’ path

We have no choice, we let the sleepers go

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DANGER - SOMNAMBULISTS
Sleepers
Wear their unfortunate masks of innocence
With sway and pride as Dorian Gray

Sleepers
Say they did not mean to
When internal injury makes you see the pictures of your life

Sleepers
Repeat words already spoken by a million, in millennia
Spreading judgement and fear and fear of judgement

Sleepers
Swap their friends and lovers, swiftly, casually
Because there’s always other people out there

Should you find one today
Shake him so he wakes
But if unresponsive let him sleep

The dreamers are out of our reach
Followers of Morpheus’ path
We have no choice, we let the sleepers go

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PERILS & PEARLS OF SCIENCE

I have all the answers you seek

But I will not speak

First you must learn to ask

All the right questions

I have all the solutions

That I will not write down

First you must struggle

To master the math

I have all the successes you need

But I will not share

First you must learn to fail

And learn from your mistakes

I have all the fame you want

But that I’ll keep

You must first be no one

Before you earn your name

But if you endure

The shell of frustration in which I am encased –

I will be fuel to your heart’s imagination

I will intrigue you with my possibility

I will captivate your mind

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PERILS & PEARLS OF SCIENCE
I have all the answers you seek
But I will not speak
First you must learn to ask
All the right questions

I have all the solutions
That I will not write down
First you must struggle
To master the math

I have all the successes you need
But I will not share
First you must learn to fail
And learn from your mistakes

I have all the fame you want
But that I’ll keep
You must first be no one
Before you earn your name

But if you endure
The shell of frustration in which I am encased –
I will be fuel to your heart’s imagination
I will intrigue you with my possibility
I will captivate your mind
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CHAMELEON

Do not change the subject

When I ask you how you are

Do not smile when you are sad

When your chest is torn and full of tinfoil

Do not tell me to go away

When the air you breathe is heavy

And the gravitational force of loneliness

Makes all you do go slowly

Do not turn off your phone

When a way out is all you need

And the voices of your fears

Join the screaming of your demons

I am here, honestly

Do not run away

Nor pretend anymore

I am here, honestly

Waiting for you to tell me

How you really are

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CHAMELEON
Do not change the subject
When I ask you how you are
Do not smile when you are sad
When your chest is torn and full of tinfoil

Do not tell me to go away
When the air you breathe is heavy
And the gravitational force of loneliness
Makes all you do go slowly

Do not turn off your phone
When a way out is all you need
And the voices of your fears
Join the screaming of your demons

I am here, honestly
Do not run away
Nor pretend anymore
I am here, honestly
Waiting for you to tell me
How you really are
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INDEPENDENT THOUGHT

If I cannot change the world, I will change myself - and by changing myself I will alter the world too, as movements in a mirror. Change is not a supernova of novelty or a revolution of shock; it is a subtle choreography in which we all take part. We take part in this dance by questioning our hearts, our thoughts, our actions and intentions. We take part by not burning our witches, but giving them brooms; by not slaughtering our enemies, but manoeuvring peace treaties; by not impoverishing the poor, but giving them education. We take place by stepping out of the dark dance of the multitude and by joining in the alternative - when people insult us, threaten us, we retaliate fiercefully but without violence. We retaliate by smiling darkly and standing still - never running towards or away from anything.  

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INDEPENDENT THOUGHT
If I cannot change the world, I will change myself - and by changing myself I will alter the world too, as movements in a mirror. Change is not a supernova of novelty or a revolution of shock; it is a subtle choreography in which we all take part. We take part in this dance by questioning our hearts, our thoughts, our actions and intentions. We take part by not burning our witches, but giving them brooms; by not slaughtering our enemies, but manoeuvring peace treaties; by not impoverishing the poor, but giving them education. We take place by stepping out of the dark dance of the multitude and by joining in the alternative - when people insult us, threaten us, we retaliate fiercefully but without violence. We retaliate by smiling darkly and standing still - never running towards or away from anything.  
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