Oh carpenter, I hear you sing between these creases in my daydream
With the lady dressed in blue and black you made
And in the grass between her feet there are pools of life for drinking
Where the ships you build go sinking through the black

Still too young to be sane
Are you willing to remake me?
Dress me up until my body changes shape
All along in the billow of your sails
Tying pinwheels to our tails
I will wait until the carpenter awakes

Oh carpenter, I hear you sing on the bench beside the party
Some enchanted garden, gaudy and depressed
Where silver science on the eyelids of these sour girlish lions
Hangs defined by your icy instruments

And after all, come on and break me
Am I willing to be naked
With the carpenter’s cold music in my chest?
Still too young to be born
Will you keep me split and warm?
I will wait behind the halo of the storm

Undone, undone
To become hungry chisels that beat on your back
And in black
Made to look just your age at the foot of the stage
And in sun your feet
Illustrating the beat that I pulled from these
Jericho scars, and our
Dirty bodies were planets
But your voice was a very old star

Undone and untrue
Sweet one, I can’t shine far enough into you
In blue
Caught unthreading your bracelet with bells, how you made it
So worn, and got born
Roaring in heaven’s face to fill that empty place
Now you say what you say
With your burnt twig by night
And the stars on your collar by day

But hey sweet Sagittarius
Who spreads the sweet rays of sleep over us
Come and see me after the party

Hey darling Capricorn
I heard things were dark until you were reborn
And the kick is crazy

Hey handsome Scorpio
With your gossamer fan and your god from below
Are you waiting for your rose red lady?

And hey cracked Gemini
Our hands will be clean and the clouds will be dry
If you’ll meet me
Mirror me

Oh carpenter, I hear you sing with the broken heart of Gabriel
Careless hands scrubbed clean of blood and dust
And in the frost on this dark night I tell my fingers to work freely
I am breaking all my hope and all my trust

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