1. Shatter

From the recording Ballast


There is a place
Of balance
If you are careful
And measure how much to exhale
And how much to keep in
You can stop sinking
You can stop rising

As a child I’d practice in the deep end
Breathing out and holding in
Halfway to the bottom
In that space, you are weightless
I’d let my arms and legs extend
Let my muscles finally go slack
But soon my lungs would boil
And force me to surface.

I am older
I breath into your mouth
Let my arms and legs extend
And wait for my lungs to shatter