Would it help to write a letter,
as puddles turn to icy lakes?
The temperature is dropping,
the temperature is dropping
with every breath or life it takes.
And baby, baby, baby,
baby, baby, baby,
I guess it wouldn't be bad
if street lights
and the cold nights in between
were all we ever had.

Simultaneous maps of cities,
states of heart, or the heart of states.
And I keep on hoping,
and I keep on asking
to stay awake or hibernate.
And maybe, maybe, maybe,
maybe, maybe, maybe,
our marks can make it through the snow.
But even words can wither in the frost,
if all we ever know is this beating pulse
that slows to less than one beat per minute
before the spring thaw.

Do we measure days or years?
Or are we tired of waiting?
And is it a luxury, or survival,
or all that we have?

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    Song Meaningfrom the Defiance, Ohio website:

    "Animals thant can hibernate can survive for several days or weeks, their body temperature lowering and metabolic rates slowing. Hibernation is similar to states of hypothermia which an be fatal. However, hypothermia is sometimes induced to increase the chances of survival during certain medical procedures.

    In a radio story about the Cambodian garment industry trying to maintain ethical and even progressive labor practices while competing with factories in places without such concerns, a Cambodian factory owner notes that an American worker, even without work, might survive for a few weeks or months, while a Cambodian worker, without wages, cannot survive for more than seven to ten days.

    There are so many ways of measuring the differenes in our abilities to survive. When the disparity is so apparent, how do we value the things in our lives that seem exciting, or moving, or tragic, when relatively, they can feel so petty?"
    elevatorladyon March 25, 2012   Link

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