Ratcatcher

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R A T C A T C H E R

A SLUMBER DEEP AND MEANINGLESS. AN IMAGINARY LIFE
A DEMIURGE CAN BE DENIED
BUT VEIL STAYS UNCOMPROMISED
A WOLF THAT STALKS THE EMPTINESS CRAWLING BACK INTO HIS BED
TO DREAM THE CLOCKS OF LORD CUT-GLASS
AND DISCONNECT. KING AMONG THE DEAD

I'LL WEAR MYSELF LIKE DIRTY CLOTHES THAT NEVER BELONGED TO ME
A FAIRY-TALE OF CONSCIOUSNESS IN ALL THIS CONTINGENCY

I FEEL INDEBTED TO YOUR TOLERANCE LIKE I COULD EVER GET THINGS RIGHT
I'M FLYING BLIND. FULL OF SHITE
I'LL PAY THE PRICE FOR CRIMES THAT WERE NOT MINE
A DEBTOR AT THE ALTAR THINKING HARD OF WHAT HE OWNS
MY CONTRABAND, MY WEIGHTED DICE
KEPT IN THE BAGS THAT HANG BENEATH MY EYES

SING A SONG OF SHIPWRECK. COME IN AND CHEW THE FAT
I DON'T EXPECT THE ANSWERS BUT MAYBE WE'LL CATCH A FEW RATS
I'M GATHERING THE STAGE PROPS FOR MY DISAPPEARING ACT
THERES A WALL AGAINST MY BACK AS I FUMBLE FOR THE ESCAPE HATCH
THE TIRELESS TRAGICOMEDY THAT FILLS UP ALL OF THESE HOURS
THE AUSPICES OF CHAOS SING A MELODY LIKE UNFURLING FLOWERS

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from Atlas Collapsing, released October 6, 2012

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