She was shaking and talking louder and louder
Each sentence was sifted to a very fine powder
Her face was wet and tight, her grip was cold and light
A strong wind could blow you down, I heard myself say
And she said word up, sister, a strong wind could take me away

I said how long have you been at large
They told me you were stashed last time I asked
She said I've been out now for all of three hours
I just resurfaced and here you are
I must admit that it has been hard so far

I said skeletons are fine, your closet or mine
And we took turns recounting the details of lost time
And when we had both admitted it all
We threw our heads back and laughed until we cried
We laughed because the world is absurd and beautiful and small

There we were washed up on the curb
As the rush hour traffic went out with the tide
And I was aware that with every word spoken and shared
I could see her shaking subside
I said, sister, looks to me like you're going to be fine



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    i dont know -- talking to yourself, like your soul or psyche, or another side of yourself? The way you do when you're upset to calm yourself down? that is just the first thing that comes to my mind.

    meyayon July 02, 2010   Link
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    When I hear this song, I think of someone running into a friend who has just gotten out of rehab or jail, even a former lover. “They told me you were stashed last time I asked “...”I just resurfaced and here you are...I must admit it has been hard so far...” I know how it feels to get out of rehab etc and how weird it feels when you get out.; how much pressure there is to build a new life while you don’t even feel comfortable in your skin yet... I love this song.

    RiotGrrl77on April 06, 2018   Link

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