A Permanence Apart

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Your parents are artists
if you never look back --
if you're far from a goddess,
but a perfect lack.

And even if a heart is the hardest
that anybody could crack,
you can still threaten to scar it
while it remains intact.

I'm aware that the target
is an ineffable part of my past.
I held eyelashes to the glass
to avoid contact,
but in the white all along
was a long-abandoned black.

America taught us to live life locked down,
but the sign of a martyr can make you talk.

A permanence apart,
and you know your art.
You know your part
will only serve to guide.
It's a permanence apart,
and you know your lines.
You memorized a guise
you know will show in time.

We can say that we're jealous,
but we won't ever be owned:
the personal hell of another
king dethroned.
And even if a whole city can tell us
that we'd be ugly alone,

it'll be a while again before I know,
when my writer's cramp
has become a cigarette boat,
when the fate you felt was in your throat,
and the light you held
has become another lamppost now.

It's a permanence apart,
and you know your art.
You know your part
will only serve to guide.
It's a permanence apart,
and you know your lines.
You memorized a guise
you know will show in time.

So keep her close this time.
Improvise this time.

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from Welcome to Rome, released September 11, 2013
written and produced by Science, the Itch
all instruments -- Science, the Itch

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Science, the Itch Washington, D.C.

Science, the Itch grew out of a cautious dialogue with love & inquiry, two addictions among the most challenging & central to being human. Opening with the imagery of dreams, the project folds a low-fidelity envelope around questions at the interface of passion & reason: Can two agents connect while apart? What is the historicity of one? How does fear become paranoia, and discovery seizure? ... more

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