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Real Death
by Mount Eerie

"Thank you"

Death is real
Someone's there and then they're not
And it's not for singing about
It's not for making into art
When real death enters the house
All poetry is dumb
When I walk in
To the room where you were
And look into
The emptiness instead

All fails
My knees fail
Words fail
My brain fails

Crusted with tears, catatonic and raw
I go downstairs and outside and you still get mail
A week after you died, a package with your name on it came
And inside was a gift for our daughter you had ordered in secret
And collapsed there on the front steps I wailed
A backpack for when she goes to school a couple years from now
You were thinking ahead to a future you must have known deep down would not include you
Though you clawed at the cliff you were sliding down
Being swallowed into a silence that's bottomless and real

It's dumb
And I don't want to learn anything from this
I love you

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., SC PUBLISHING DBA SECRETLY CANADIAN PUB.
Written by: Phillip Whitman Elvrum

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