the predatory wasp of the palisades is out to get us!

December 19, 2006

thinking outrageously, i write in cursive 
i hide in my bed with the lights on the floor.
wearing three layers of coats and leg warmers, 
i see my own breath on the face of the door.

oh, i am not quite sleeping
oh, i am fast in bed
there on the wall of the bedroom creeping,
i see a wasp with her wings outstretched.

north of Savanna, we swim in the palisades 
i come out wearing my brother’s red hat.
there on his shoulder, my best friend is bit seven times
he runs washing his face in his hands.

oh, how i meant to tease him
oh, how i meant no harm
touching his back with my hand, i kiss him – 
i see the wasp on the length of my arm.

oh great sights upon this state! Hallelu–
wonders bright, and rivers, lake. Hallelu–
Trail of Tears and Horseshoe Lake. Hallelu–
trusting things beyond mistake. Hallelu–

we were in love, we were in love,
palisades palisades palisades
i can wait, i can wait
Lamb of God, we sound the horn. Hallelujah!
To us your ghost is born. Hallelu–

i can’t explain the state that i’m in –
the state of my heart, he was my best friend.
tnto the car, from the back seat
oh admiration in falling asleep
all of my powers, day after day –
i can tell you, we swaggered and swayed.
deep in the tower, the prairies below 
i can tell you, the telling gets old
terrible sting and terrible storm 
i can tell you the day we were born
my friend is gone, he ran away 
i can tell you, i love him each day
though we have sparred, wrestled and raged 
i can tell you i love him each day
terrible sting and terrible storm 
i can tell you 

(Sufjan Stevens)


One Response to “the predatory wasp of the palisades is out to get us!”

  1. i’ve stopped believing in some things, but never that, i suppose


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