Thick Skin

from by Bronwyn Rose

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It’s alright if you decide to come around and interrupt me
From this lonely old abandoned merry-go-round
That spins me endlessly while my courage is stuck up a tree
Tell me why did you take me up so high
Then tell me there was no such thing as the sky
I may be closed and so-called shy
But I always find the lie hidden in light on skin
Or a densely loaded sigh
Or flashes of motive hidden in a sparkling pair of eyes

But you were different
You just walked right in
And sent my fingers flying over feelings
That felt too finished to begin
Loss and retrieval were in your half-hearted grin
I tried to untangle the words with which I’d use
To nourish your parched roots
But I could see nothing was sinking in
So I put on my walking boots
And zipped up my thick skin

You could just come in to make a sound
You could just come and surround me
With sheer and boundless possibility
While my poetry is out on the town
And it told me from a pay phone that it won’t be home
not for love or money

Both of which I have none of
So I guess it’s just as well
That I am going home with pockets full of pennies for the wishing well
That big moon is up there
biggest piece of copper a girl could need
I imagine flicking it into the ocean
Never again to go hungry, never again to bleed

And all along you knew, saying, I told you it holds and molds you
Until your life is on fire
And when everything I do cramps my style
I aim my sights on the telephone wire
But it doesn’t make me more connected
It doesn’t take me any higher

There’s no way to stop the flow of time
Or the hands the hold the strings that never let me sing
Till I’m raw and groundless
Sounding out the soundless motions to all the old songs
You can say I’m crazy but you can’t say that I’m wrong
I think that I intimidate you, exasperate you
as much as I may elate you ‘cause my breath is baiting you
and my laughter’s burning in my throat just waiting for you

'cause you were different
You just walked right in
And sent my fingers flying over feelings
That felt too finished to begin
Loss and retrieval were in your half-hearted grin
I tried to untangle the words with which I’d use
To nourish your parched roots
But I could see nothing was sinking in
So I put on my walking boots
And zipped up my thick skin

Heart to slaughter
You took it so far away from home
Prodigal daughter
Went farther than she has ever known

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from Momentum, released July 14, 2018
Bronwyn Rose - guitar & vocals
Imre de Jonge - bass

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