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in the age and generation
eyes adjust to total darkness
and the operator said that it’s time that things went red
with the hammer and the tongs
in the age and generation

in the hour of the nation
the remote will change the station
and the minute may draw near
when the drudge removes his gear
and begins to squeeze a tear
from his unfamiliar faces

in a tower at the capital
there’s a meeting of the powerful
on the very highest floor
just behind a silver door
the room is filling up with gore
in the tower at the capital

in a bloody revelation
TV people don’t understand it
with the crashing of a gate
all the people fill with rage
and hot smoke comes out their eyes
in a bloody revelation

now they’re meeting at the station
biting glass in a whipped up frenzy
they’re grinding down their teeth
and ringing like cracked bells
with hands balled into fists
in the street before the station

in a mess of crowded feeling
alarms emits a piercing signal
like the shouting of a dove
in an automatic cage
so it cannot be ignored
in the age and generation


from "THAN THOU", released July 28, 2016



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