the day i turned my back on all you people
i felt an itching in my thumbs.
the salt air like a broadcast from the distant, dark beyond
when my transformation comes.
i went down to the warm, warm water
saw a pelican fly past
waved once at the highway and then left all that behind me
i went wading through the gr*ss.
and no one was gonna come and get me.
there wasn’t anybody gonna know.
even though i leave a trail of burnt things in my wake
every single place i go.
and it was cool, and it was quiet
in the humid marsh down there.
i let my head sink down beneath the brackish water,
felt it gumming up my hair.
the sun was sinking into the atlantic
the last time that i turned my back on you.
i tried to summon up a little prayer as i went under
it was the best that i could do.
and i said,
“let them all fare better than your servant”,
the reeds all pr*cking at my skin.
“here’s hoping they have better luck than i had down here with you”
all that water rushing in.