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Ned's Dream

from Future Suture by Ned Collette

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I walked out further
One night from home
Than I had ever walked alone
The dark it met me
And so we went
To find our fortunes, our futures bent

Joined by a shipman
He sailed the sea
He found his vessel was too lonely
White whales behind him
His freedom spent
He'd lost his youth so improvident

But what's this doubt
What rotten core is this?

And soon we happened upon a girl
Her face it showed us the ancient world
She joined our party
Faced true to night
And struck on forward to help our flight

For what could we do but run on
Backs to oblivion

Four of us flying against the wind
Old brothers come near to do us in
When by a fifth one we were so joined
Who in relation was but a boy
His eyes all wonder at blackest night
The way became lit by his foresight
Not quite a child, but not a man
This one ahead now light up the land

For back behind
And all the war she knew
Fly faster fly
Is on our tail
She comes to murder you

A vision reached us - it was the dawn
On night the curtains would soon be drawn
But before losing our darkest friend
We met a woman near to her end

She whispered quietly
To slow our pace
"Don't rush like this so from place to place"
But chased by the spirits
Of old decline
We hardly had time to say goodbye

So goodbye now
Goodbye to all that world
That you destroyed
Sweet innocent
Your crimson flag unfurled


from Future Suture, released September 29, 2007


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