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I press on the elastic sheet, I'm breathing through a slice

'Are the worms or are the serpents?' bubbles through the ice

The source was quite invisible, the ever-present voice

While skating, both legs tracing different shapes, I made my choice


Mimicking the image in whose radiance I bask

I'm tied to him, or him to me, depending who you ask

None the less reluctantly reflections tumble in

I slide with all the other on the wrong side of the skin


He's fallen on the ice, it cracks

Will he plunge in and join me here?

He meets my eyes, to my surprise

He laughs in full light of my frown

My double wants to pull me down


Slipping on the friction slide, my skin peels to the bone

The flesh I leave behind, is something that is not my own

I beg my mirror image for a moment with my soul

He's leaning back, time to attack, to see who's in control


And every move I make he's got a hand up just in time

He's throwing several punches, and he's blocking most of mine

Defeated now I sulk and squirm above the frozen heights

Waiting, calculating till he ventures onto the ice.


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    General Commentsimple reflections on one's reflection? or something else entirely...? good song, as rift is a good album. actually, better (i think) as a song than rift is as an album.
    scheisseon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentCome on--Rift is a great album, probably my favorite studio album--well, maybe Ghost.
    Eli_Cashon September 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentsure, it's a good album... but this is a great song. :)
    scheisseon March 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the issue of the observer and the observed. The mind keeps one from seeing his true self because the mind is only a reflection of this.
    Guyuteon December 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is definitly one of my favorite songs. Rift is a great album, but this is amazing. I agree with Guyute. Taking their definition further, it's a take on the one-sided viewpoint people inherently have of themselves. While it doesn't go into it, it treads on thin ice (pun intended) of thinking about the whole "me first" view point man inherently has when viewing situations/problems (In this situation, we see someone who is preparing a battle with his reflection, seeking his own well being, overlooking the obvious).
    cc1tcc1ton October 08, 2006   Link

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