I can't make out the sharks through the static

from by Jamie Hamilton

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There's greed in the West
But I ignore it.
The city's coloured in red
But I feel okay.
There's a smile in a suit
& he's lying to you,
Though he speaks like it's the truth.
I look away — I've got enough to do today.

There's a child in a dress
But I endure it.
She's singing songs about sex
& the world knows her name.
She's crowded around
By a prosthetic cloud
So she won't have time to think,
When it dissipates — somebody new will take her place.

There's a fire in the East
But I ignore it.
They speak different to me
So I can't relate.
"The lines have been drawn
So just stay in your own."
Is what the modern kings all say.
I look away — my paper walls will keep me safe.

. . .

There's a voice in my head
But I ignore it.
It follows me to my bed
& it keeps me awake.
It says, "Do something of worth
With your time on this Earth."
But I don't know what it means.
Lock it away — I've got enough to contemplate.


from The View Before We Hit The Water, released August 5, 2016



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