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The Color of the Earth
with that hand I memorized
touch each of these places once
so I'll know you when this air is gone
 
with an open car door
with a short voice-mail goodbye
set this system on a course to die
 
and without you
I'll start to count
 
and from out there
do they see this?
do they know like we know
that we are fugitives from weightlessness?
 
and these moments when
we try to say what it's worth
are as hopeless in numbers
as the color of the Earth
 
through this open window
breathe all this city's ghosts
they all wanted you to marry me
 
but these bridges over you
all this water circling round
you made one last wish on an empty town
 
these hollowed-out apartments
can't get used to not seeing you
 
and from out there
do they see this?
do they know like we know
that we are fugitives from weightlessness?
 
and these moments when
we try to say what it's worth
are as hopeless in numbers
as the color of the Earth
 
with that sigh I memorized
bless each of these vacant rooms
the harbor says to say it misses you
 
with a broken cellphone
and a vow I gave you once
set out for where they never heard of us
 
and without you I'll start to count
the days until I'm finished here
 
and from out there
do you see this?
do you know like I know
that we are castaways from permanence?
 
and these moments when
I try to say what it's worth
are they as hopeless in numbers
as the color of the Earth?
 
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