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See My Smile

by Michael Channing

See My Smile from Off Course by Michael Channing

i’ve been here
longer than you
i’ve endured
stronger than you
i spread my
self open wide
i swallowed
sustained i
survived

you’ll only see my smile
locked outside my eyes
you’ll never break free
from the prison yard of me

your punishment
never shook me
your poison
never hooked me
i starved my
self hard and sharp
i severed
all roads to
my heart

you’ll only see my smile
locked outside my eyes
you’ll never break free
from the ghetto walls of me

i see you coming round
your shotgun and your hound
i wave through the glass
smiling as you pass
even through the bars
i can see the stars
if you black the sky
i’ll count them all inside
you think you own the key
you’re locked outside of me

you’ll never break free
into the promised land of me

Find the Blood Inside This Stone


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