Paper Bird

I plant stories on paper ships and send them out to sea drift
each one holds a part of the story of our hearts
inky vessels of sweet remembering, 
one last trip and then descending

Paper bird your wings are light
carry hardship out of sight
salty moonshine, morning bell
fly these troubles away across the swell

August introduced us, December came between
tales never told, rust gathered on the gold
the months, they never really knew
the state of things below the blue

The mussels wait with patience
these tales bitter like ocean wine
tears of past and anchors cast
soon mixed within the brine

Paper bird your wings are light
carry hardship out of sight
salty moonshine, morning bell
fly these troubles away across the swell
Lay your axe down by the spring
listen to the starbirds sing
the sweetest sound I ever heard
fly away oh paper bird

And now the bird she flies beneath
frosty snow capped cries, gusty clouds
of grey watch as I cast words away
release this heart from bygone pain
and welcome sunrise once again

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