(The Romance Between) Clowns & Understudies

from by Anthony Lee Phillips

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Welcome back to Planet Earth
Long time, no see
I want to know how you feel
Has Vicodin cured your problems since All Hallow’s Eve?
When did you stand in for the girl I loved?
“Love” is in the past tense
…“Sex” is in the past tense

Truth be told, I don’t know how to tell the truth quite recently
Stop and stare at what I’ve become:
An actor; a liar; an actor who knows his craft
I live a lie…let me live this lie

This night is a haven of apology
So says my dreaming, thrashing, aching, paranoid consciousness
Has reality awoken?
Its dreams have been disturbing us since before the month of August passed
Yesteryear was a painful one that left my confidence crawling towards the horizon
Staggered and unstitched

Truth be told, I don’t know how to tell the truth quite recently
Stop and stare and raindrops from the crying sky
They bear bad news and a fresh new dawn within the coming hours of morning light
To end a season of night

This night is a crash course on reality
My lips are bleeding the sweet nectar of hypocrisy
Have I really been sleeping since the summer stopped?

Welcome back to the Circus Factory
Your clown is not waiting here for you (anymore)
I’m not sitting at the GEE-TAR stand with the assumption that all will be fine
Even when May ends
This blue ink has finally dried, but the page has been ripped into pieces
This pink heart is growing back from the ashes


from Letters From Sunniva, released September 12, 2011



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