The Contest of Strength

from Vestige by Yes We Mystic

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we were drinking in the back
after closing up the store
that old spirit in my throat
a spirit for every occasion

the contest of strength
in the rain beneath the stairs
transmuting all the faces
in the crippled weekend air


the stories all were said
we sank deep in our clothes
leaning long into each other's words
until the bars were closed

daniel stole because he could
I breathed out through my nose
a bright and sudden pain came up
and killed the spirit in my throat


he came out of his car
swinging wide the pipe
I backed against a wall
some mumbled supplication

running with head hung
daniel ran my way
he laughed hard
and resumed the conversation



from Vestige, released May 5, 2015


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