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Home After Three Months Away

by Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)

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will all my twenties find me so guarded? littered and documented by meticulous word choice and closed lips to read like: all things bear this- a purpose! or romance! but the truth is much more complicated than that and i am still trying to learn how time is a gift (as much as it is a burden)
Water 03:10
last night, i dreamt the old, sea foam green paint in the room my brother and i once shared was swallowing up the walls again (a forest of latex reclaiming acres of land) you were there too! swimming in your father's army jacket and sprawled across my floor like an arm of the sea separating the rest of the world from you and me when i woke, the first thing i checked were the walls- still dressed like new in a brown sugar coat and you were still beside me your face was warm and flushed with sleep i am trying so hard not to take this all for granted so you do not stir, i lay back down quietly hands nestled or anchored just behind the small of your back
i remember when you thought you found god painted a cross on your forehead and wandered around my backyard like a saint or a shepherd tending to his flock the irony was not lost on me and for all your newfound love you still seemed like a bastard then, you carried on like all the world was yours to pity and to teach and comfort (as if because, somehow, you forgave yourself, that all your terrible deeds have been undone)
you bobby-pinned your auburn hair back, as we crossed over the washington state line in my grandfather's car we were fleeing the scene of a california coast line, where we buried our dreams among the gridlock and concrete barefoot, we pulled off the road, and stepped into the summer night and we drank greedily of greenery and open air this was not the time or place to address the emptiness that hung around us or how the end of this trip birthed us with uncertainty of what to do next


released July 12, 2011


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Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) Fenton, Michigan

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) is a band from the tiny town of Fenton, Michigan that started in 2006. Keith plays guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, cello, etc and sings. Cathy plays guitar.

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