Above Ground

from Nuclear Winter by Justin de la Cruz

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you and i, cut from the same tattered cloth,
coughing words to each other in the dark.
there's a chance that i might forget your voice,
so spill it out into a handheld tape recorder.

it's been so long since i've seen your smooth white face,
i dream in color but it cracks and it decays.
so make a mold but make sure to part your lips,
'cause otherwise there'd be no place for me to kiss.

we're packed in,
they're coming down
from above.

our bodies
lay gently now
above ground.

remember the time we went down to the coast?
we spent all night sorting the shadows from the ghosts.
you said that he should have my dear half-asian eyes.
i wondered then if we'd ever get out of van nuys.

bring your head a little closer to mine.
let's try to make it so that our two brains wave in time.
i heard there's a way to pass from waking into sleep,
so let's slip out from this nightmare into a dream.

we’re packed in,
they’re coming down
from above.

our bodies
lay gently now
above ground.

below us,
crushed tenements
ground to rubble.

we're packed in,
they're coming down
above ground.

my sunken heart is beating softly in my ears.
my baby's eyes crying gently without tears.


from Nuclear Winter, released July 5, 2018


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