Helen

by Sister Calypso

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she don’t got no bed, she’s
sleeping on the floor, she’s
got a flower crown of cigarettes.
& of all those men she
has beneath her feet, well,
he’s the only one she lets inside.


hand in hand they’re running,
twirling through this haze, they’re
stumbling through these days, these troubled times.
& the sunset folk that’s
pouring through her veins it’s
eating away at her precious mind.


she’s not sorry
for the pain that she makes.
she’s not sorry,
she’s gonna do what it takes:
to get by. to get by.
to get high. to get high.


he don’t got no hope, he’s
packing up his things, he’s
headed onward to that frozen north.
& those ashen holes all
cut out of his heart, he’s
running far away from all those, too.


she’s not sorry
for the pain that she makes.
she’s not sorry,
she’s gonna do what it takes:
to get-
to get high. to get high.


“if I should choose to miss you,
darling, would you come back?
there’s nowhere I don’t taste you
like iron, like sun in my mouth.

there’s no light, no woman bright
I can hold who can burn you out.
if I should choose to miss you darling
would you still be

alive?"

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released February 19, 2016

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