In- and Ex- <​=​= Halethcare

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contains elements of 'Suffocating / Breathiation' from the album 'Goddio'

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In- and Ex- <== Halethcare

We
There is no we now
And maybe there never was
A string of forced, uncomfortable gatherings
Punctuated our familial traditions
Commas – turned – semi-colons – turned – eventual strings of periods
Of silence
Where the small talk wore off
And the hurt tinted all
Where it was easier to just not talk
Than to dance around the talking about 'it'

Nobody talked about these things then
And nobody helps us now
Even as tragedy looms amongst the unstated emotions
That get reflected back to us
As we do unto the others in our lives

We recognize familiar behaviors in the juveniles under our influence
They show us the bittersweet years
Of growing to fit the containers of /our/ bondage
Blending and balancing for the lot of us
When we permit them demonstrate our missteps
Their help lies in these noisy needs
With their challenging deeds
They're as removed from the quiet ache as they are
From the prideful reasons for its existence

That is, unless we do unto them
What was done unto us

But when the doing so is free
They demand meaning, care, connection
Shaming our sharp punctuations with gasping whys
How did they come to so bluntly beating bushes from cradle to grave?
Born into, but, saved from
The pressures we understood so palpably
Wearing what we could only have dreamt of
Dreaming Jackie O.'s and Lisa Marie's
Taught to be dependent so completely upon whom we'd marry
And be paid to carry
The giant man child strapped to the backs
Of the feminine resolve of Babylon
With all its nearly meaningless gatherings
Almost all of which makes her work even harder
As prescribed from its semantic babbling history

The youth answer our unasked questions
If we choose to listen
If we lay our pains to rest in the eventual graves
To which we so effortlessly flow
If we let go with our ego's ground grasping toes
And make time to play
Our heart and soul's in the know that
We're already saved
There's no need to be afraid

They're just our kids
And they are just taking over
::sigh::

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from Eye. Runny. <​=​= Eugene & the Mythstick, released August 1, 2014

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The Shortest Distance Fort Worth, Texas

Straight-lines and perfect circles exist. The Shortest Distance is an attempt in words, sounds, and light to share a subjective experience of universal grace and its consequences.

The Shortest Distance is the brainchild of Ramsey Billiot Sprague, a Chitimacha social justice organizer born in coastal Louisiana and raised in suburban Arlington, Texas.
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