To Dust

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Teacher, you had mentioned me on the way to the dead sea
you said that you’d make the blind to see after three days
so I saw what I’d gotten into, and fell into a lions den
you could close every single mouth that they raise

I remember when you’d dance with me in the mud so ever frequently
I didn’t wash my feet for weeks for fear that the muddy healing would rub off

If you’d heal my brother, will we know if he’s supposed to live, or die, or both?
and will he come home after three days?
I used to not love you, but I changed my mind
but if that happened once, it could happen twice
how many times can I “still have faith”?

but you are forever, and when we brave this weather
you go and walk across the water to keep me from drowning to the bottom
where he was laid beneath the falls and waves

I was staring, looking back, out the keyhole of my door
you saw that I had seen you, and I fell to the floor
you were dancing with the children and loving all the broken
and I was too scared to come out
and then you busted through my doorway and it seemed so very violent
but peaceful words came out and silenced all my silence
and I realized that the knowledge that I thought that I had known
was nothing compared to you coming to my home
so maybe when I’m dead, you will answer all the questions
that all of us explained though we knew we didn’t know them
and wonder why true love would demand that death must be the cure?
So even if my anger and my pain have all continued
it could quickly fade if I’d receive a touch from you
and I would be content to forget everything I’ve known
to fall asleep right now, for good before your throne

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from Ars Moriendi, released July 15, 2014

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the Collection Greensboro, North Carolina

The banjo-keys-glock-strings-brass-woodwinds-timpani-boy/girl-vocals-etc. of David Wimbish’s Greensboro collective may at first recall the figurine-songs of Sufjan Stevens – but only until one of the 12-member band’s delirious crescendos erupts. Wimbish employs as many as 20 instruments per track, yet the arrangements are judicious when they need to be- Shuffle Magazine ... more

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