Streaking With The Lightning

from The Cimarron Banks by Amy Annelle



you can only fly for so long, so long
before the earth calls you back with her siren song
she will have her way with you, yes:
your bones will break in her embrace.

ask, and you shall receive, shall receive
and now your fingers sing sweet reverie.
all the elements converge to rouse this weary, lovely bird.

you're pure light with a battered face.
a foxfire with a falcon's grace.
any solace you can find in this old heart of mine,
solace and sweetness are yours to take.

hold me until you don't know where you end
or where you've been.
all will be new again, yes.
all will be right as rain.

a photograph of lightning streaking 'cross the sky.
oh maybe, baby you should cry
for all the ones you left behind
and all the ways you've been unkind.

a visit from my sweet and broken muse.
a merging of two dark and shattered floes.
do not despair, there is no blame.
now you are the fan, and I the flame.

streaking with the lightning in the darkest night.
yeah, your streak of light makes it alright.


from The Cimarron Banks, released June 1, 2010


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Amy Annelle Austin, Texas

A prolific writer and interpreter of songs, Amy Annelle maps out the farther reaches of American music, while conjuring visions of our restless musical past. Over the course of ten albums & thousands of miles logged on the road, Annelle has cultivated a rarified voice and repertoire that "blooms with open-hearted, lustful vulnerability and a harrowing naturalistic solitude”(Crawdaddy). ... more

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