In the Breeding Pit of Silence

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In the Breeding Pit of Silence

Climbing out from the tomb’s bathhouse
to the house of blindness and a dimpled moon,
the eastern gate moves clockwise with us
Entering the stark sunlight.
The eastern gate moves clockwise with us
entering the stark sunlight,
climbing out from the tomb’s bathhouse
to the house of blindness and a dimpled moon.

The specter of Los… Los… Los…
Spirit tablets like sewer plates
In Los Angeles,
oh, baby, oh, baby,
In our brightening sun?
Oh, baby, oh, baby,
In our brightening sun?

In the starveling winter
they should take your book and burn it,
put the ashes on their children’s faces.

The specter of Los… Los… Los…
A water monster with his bowl of lightning
shouts, shouts, for the cousins of Lo,
oh, baby, oh, baby,
in the breeding pit of silence.

Simple floursack mask of Talking God,
tell us not to fear the sickness in the chest.
It is this sickness that will heal us.

The specter of Los… Los… Los…
A water monster with his bowl of lightning
Shouts, shouts, for the cousins of Lo,
oh, baby, oh, baby,

the specter of Los… Los… Los…
Spirit tablets like sewer plates
in Los Angeles,
oh, baby, oh, baby,
in the breeding pit of silence,
oh, baby, oh, baby,
in the breeding pit of silence,
oh, baby, oh, baby,
in our brightening sun?

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from In the Breeding Pit of Silence, released June 18, 2013
Lyrics adapted from a passage of The Spirit Tablets at Goa Lake, by Norman Dubie. Originally appearing in Blackbird: An Online Journal of Literature and the Arts.

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