Dusty Yellow Sunset

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Dusty Yellow Sunset broke through the clouds, made the smoke from your mouth blush ochre and your golden smoke rings curled round my hands you said ‘marry me with these ephemeral golden-hued particles that have found themselves wrapped around your fingers.’ The asphalt glistened after the rain. These drops of water ran all over. Poked through the fault lines beneath our feet and they soaked into the laugh lines on your cheek. As you said ‘how did you get those heart-shaped eyes?’ I said ‘they only look like that I’m looking at you.’ And baby, I want to write love letters and I want to feel nervous when you call and I want to say forever and mean it from the bottom of my heart. I want you to change me, I want you to rearrange my carefully laid plans and I want you to look at me with heart-shaped eyes the way I’m looking at you right now. I fall in love with every sunset that illuminates your face with its dew-soaked laugh lines and lips seeping out golden smoke. But you’re holding me and that’s making me see grace

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from EP, released August 19, 2011

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