Good Enough for Government

from by Mark Lenover

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Salt the bed and count yourself
lucky to be kicked around
Resolve to make the journey out
from cancer to the sea
Your cheeks are crests
Her eyes are coal
and every vent’s a rabbit hole
Her chilled, ecstatic caterwauls
lie quiet at your feet

Good enough for government
Your money’s gone and your hour’s been spent
clutching at the covers, grinding up against
an old china doll
Cut the lights and grab your hat
You lost your voice when the stage collapsed
Now there’s nothing left for her to do but laugh
There will be no encores

Your last hope and your epitaph
are hiding in her photograph
They’re bound to become one at last
if you can’t keep your nose clean
Wake up and collect yourself
Pray and comb the gray hair out
Tear her dusty curtain down
and sing her ghost to sleep
carefully
lovingly

Good enough for government
Your money’s gone and your hour’s been spent
clutching at the covers, grinding up against
an old china doll
Cut the lights and grab your hat
You lost your voice when the stage collapsed
Now there’s nothing left for you to do but laugh
There will be no encores

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from Obliterate, released March 4, 2014

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Mark Lenover Hamilton, Ontario

Through a distinctive fusion of folk, rock, theatre and electronica, Mark Lenover critically examines pop culture’s ubiquitous influence, its moral philosophy and the potentially devastating effects of drug abuse and mental illness. His recent work frequently challenges an increasingly pervasive culture of celebrity, self-indulgence, distraction and desire.
Mark currently lives in Chatham, ON.
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