Joyce

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The channel flickers and it lights the room
The lovely lady Joyce inspects her face
The end of days approaching soon

The way she looks, I think she's had enough
Of TV murmurs and barren space
The way she thinks, I doubt she's ever known grace

Over the years she learns to keep them out
The dirty people who disfigure her
Lecherous—barbaric—devout

Her beauty dulls each day she stays inside
It's not the kind of beauty she'd prefer
But she's forgotten what her choices were

Joyce dies gasping today
Joyce rests inside her pretty skin
The channel flickers and it lights her way

The years erode her and the quiet stays
The sofa buries her when she caves in
The channel flickers and her show begins

Can you remember when you saw her last?
And if you could see her now, what would you ask?
And if you saw her rot as years go past—
What then, friend?

Can you describe what she looked like then—
When she retreated to begin again?
And if she loved her perfect ugly end—
What then?

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from Portraits, released March 24, 2017

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Pale People Missoula, montana

Take an embittered music school dropout. Add two spoonfuls of faintly balding neurotic. Add heaping handfuls of dark-eyed love prince. Add antidepressants, a piano, small noisy crowds, unsatisfying sex, a wheelchair, a lamp. The band is called Pale People, and one of their songs contains this phrase: "Fetish food play--babysitter wet dream." ... more

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