PHOTOGRAPH: SABRINA RUSH

PHOTOGRAPH: SABRINA RUSH

ANGEL OLSEN - BURN YOUR FIRE FOR NO WITNESS (JAGJAGUWAR)

our ally is sleep, but your enemy?
Time.
Inconsistent miracles are etched in your palms.
A bruised and starving pulse beats empty in your head
and frozen streets bring forth ugly dreams you've never had.
You felt the benefits of love
now tell everyone you see
that all we ever have to give is mediocrity.

Raise your hands to the eaves and sing.

Strings break on chords like bones against cars
while disaster stalks words when light cedes to dark
Malevolence remains
in the back of your throat
so you hack and you bark a black carcass of smoke.
Steer clear of this road
when your breath turns to blood.
Burn fire from old ash, a witness thereof.

Time to change the sounds of the world you've known.

Your audience now raises its hands as one
grateful
hateful
who knows why?
So paint the walls with the past
and like great abstract art
it will look like you've barely tried.