You Cannot Pour From An Empty Vessel

by A PREGNANT LIGHT

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I FEEL IT IN MYSELF, IT STARTS IN MY GUT AND WORMS TO MY MOUTH. IT SLICKS AROUND MY TEETH AND SLIDES OFF MY TONGUE AND INTO SPEECH. EVER RAGING AND BURNT TO BLACK. THE SKY CONSPIRED AGAINST THEE, AND NOW I CONSPIRE BACK. A CYCLE TURNING INWARD AND SPIRALED OUT INTO THE HEAVENS. DRAWING OUT THE BREATH OF LIFE AND TAKING IN THE FEAR OF TIME. I STAND HERE BEFORE THE SKY, IT’S MOUTH STRETCHED OPEN INTO A WOMB. I CRAWL IN AND SIT DOWN ON THE STAIRS THAT MAKE THEMSELVES A THRONE OF LIGHT IN THE SHAPE OF AN EYE. ITS LASHES WHIPPING ME SO TENDER, AND SOFTLY LIKE A PEACOCK FEATHER ON A PUPPY’S NOSE. SO SWEETLY. ICY ISLANDS DOT THE EXPANSE. COLD AND GRIPPING TURN TO WARM AND WET. I SWALLOW YOU WHOLE AND INSIDE ME YOU BECOME A GREATER THING. WARM BLOOD DRIES RUST BROWN ON MY SHEETS. MY KNIFE IS TIRED AND NEEDS TO SLEEP. WILL YOU LET ME CUT YOU, ANGEL? ONE MORE TIME JUST ABOVE YOUR WINGS. SO LET IT DRIP AND POOL BELOW AT THE ARCHES OF YOUR FEET AND THE ARCHES OF YOUR SOUL. LET IT BE AS RED AS FIRE AND LET IT TASTE AS SWEET AS SUMMER WINE. THERE IS A STORM SOMEWHERE IN THE GALAXY. STRETCHING OUT ITS ARMS WITH COSMIC LIGHTNING. AND IN THAT PLACE I SMELL THE POWER REACHING OUT TO ME.
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GREAT TEETH OF PROTRACTING MENACE. OBSIDIAN BLACK, CORAL RED AND TURQUOISE GREEN. TRIUNE VISAGE OF ANGEL FEAR. THREE FACES, TWO WINGS AND AN ALMIGHTY WIND. WHIP UP FROM BEHIND THE BEHIND. CARRY THE LIGHT OF CHRIST INTO THE DAMNED AND DARK. I SPEAK IN ANCIENT TONGUES AND SING THOSE HIDDEN MELODIES. CAN YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR, CAN YOU FEAR WHAT I FEAR? DO YOU TRACE YOUR FINGERTIPS INTO THE RIPPLES OF THE WATER, WAITING. AND FEED ON THE BODY AS IT SINKS INTO SILT. TIME IS MOVING AND I AM STANDING STILL. NO BODY CAN HOLD ME. I AM NOT THIS SHELL. ALMIGHTY TERROR REIGN. SOMEBODY COUNTS DOWN THE INFINITE DAYS. SLOW CARVING UP THE EARTH AND SPILL ITS OIL ONTO THE LAMPS OF PEACE. BURN BRIGHTLY AND INTO THE NIGHT TIME. PAINTING FAINTEST LINE OF SMOKE INTO THE SKY. I PUSH BACK FROM THE EDGE AND INTO THE FARMER’S FIELD. WHERE I CROSS MY ARMS AND THEN I WAVE GOODBYE. I AM LIFTED SEVEN FEET ABOVE THE WET GROUND BY A SWARM OF LILAC BUTTERFLIES. THEY ARE SINGING SONGS OF LONELINESS AND SONGS OF THAT MOST SACRED HOPE. I HEAR THE SECRET HARP. ITS STRINGS ARE TIGHT AND PERFECTLY PLUCKED. IT SINGS THAT SONG TO ME AND I FOLLOW IT INTO ETERNITY. I PULL THE EYES FROM EVERY SKULL AND PLACE THEM IN THE MOUTH AND COVER THE SOCKETS WITH A CLOTH OF RED AND BURN THE BODIES TO KEEP US SAFE. LET EVERYTHING THAT FEELS ME BREATHE TAKE PROPER NOTICE AND BEND YOUR KNEE. I WAS ONCE A WICKED MAN, BUT I AM TRYING AGAIN, I WILL BE MADE HOLY. LET EVERY THING ON LAND AND SEA AND IN EVERY PLACE, ALL SPACE BETWEEN, IMAGINE IF YOU CAN THE WEIGHT OF HEAVEN: PLEASE COME TO US. LIT BRIGHT FROM BEHIND AND A SHADOW OF WHITE. ROSE GOLD SKIN AND SHEET METAL HAIR HANGS OVER THE HOLY MOUTH HOLE. WITH A VOICE OF A PERFECT BELL, RINGS TRUTH AND TERROR AND TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY.
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ONE NIGHT WHILE WANDERING THE EMPTY ROAD ALONG THE EMPTY FIELDS. ONE SUMMER NIGHT WHILE DRIVING FAR TOO FAST WITH ALL MY WINDOWS DOWN. YOU TURNED TO ME IN THE PASSENGER SEAT AND BIT YOUR LIP AND SHOWED YOUR TEETH. I LOOKED DOWN AND SAW MY HAND REACHING OUT AND GOING DOWN. WHAT WAS HOLDING YOU DOWN? WHAT WAS KEEPING YOU DOWN? WHO AM I AND WHERE IS THIS TOWN? YOU LOOKED OVER TO ME AND SMILED AND LEANED ONTO MY RIGHT KNEE. I FEEL THE SAME AS YOU DO AND MAYBE EVEN MORE SO, CAN YOU EVEN SPEAK? FOR ALL THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD RUN SUBTERRANEAN TO ME. EVERYTHING I’VE EVER TOLD YOU WAS ABSOLUTELY TOTALLY TRUE. DO YOU FEEL THAT FAR-FLUNG ACHING IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SUMMER HEAT. REACH ACROSS YOUR HIPS AND FIND THAT BUCKLE AND PUSH THAT BUTTON UNTIL IT CLICKS. NOW YOU ARE FREE FROM THAT PESKY SEATBELT GREY NYLON. UNZIP YOUR HEAD, UNZIP YOUR DRESS, KICK OFF THOSE SHOES LET’S FEEL UNDEAD. LET’S LEAN BACK, LET’S LAY DOWN, LET’S DIE HERE IT WON’T HURT INSIDE. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WHEN THE MOON HANGS LOW IN THE TIME WE HAVE BEFORE WE SLEEP. HOW IMPOSSIBLE IS ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD FINDING US? HOW IMPOSSIBLE IS IT THAT THE MAN OF YOUR DREAMS DRIVES A BEAT-UP PICKUP TRUCK. HOW IS IT THAT WE CAN BE TOGETHER FOREVER AND IN THAT SPAN OF TIME, IT WAS MERELY A SECOND BUT I STILL CARRY YOUR KISS IN MY BACK POCKET. I SEE YOU COMING I FEEL YOU CLOSE I SEE YOU WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES. I FEEL YOU IN MY HEART AND IN MY BLOOD AND EVERY NIGHT. ALL FOREVER IN ME. YOU AND ME IS THREE. WE ARE SPECIAL AND NEW AND FREE. FALLING SOFT AND SO PURE, I WILL TEAR DOWN THE WORLD JUST TO HEAR YOU PURR. CAN YOU FEEL IT?
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These songs were written and recorded in 2017, and in a haze of... well, just imagine the bad sort of things that cause a haze over one's life. These songs were lost. In the process of cleaning out some tapes and recording sessions, these songs were found and completed in 2020. It's a bridge between where APL was three years ago, and now. It was so strange to hear these forgotten songs and go in and finish them. It was like collaborating with a person I used to know. It was an odd experience, but turned out fruitful.

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released October 6, 2020

Written, performed, recorded and produced by Damian Master. Except "Spear Through My Head," bass by Tim Lenger.

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