from Obliterate by Mark Lenover



Madeline, what have you done
with the sweater your grandmother knit you?
Madeline, how’d you get lost
and lonesome out there in the winter
Madeline, where did you go
when you walked out on us?
When you planted your shell in the snow
were your last thoughts of us, or of sleeping?
Did you dream?
Were you looking for me?

Madeline, who keeps you now
that memories won’t let you grow older?
Did you make it to your throne in the city somehow
or did it go, unattended, to seed?
Madeline, where can I meet you
when my eyes won’t shut?
Did you sing yourself softly to sleep
or are you aging somewhere in the distance
Are you waiting somewhere for your close-up?
When I sleep, are you smiling for me?

Madeline, who are you now
that the river is all frozen over?
Are you somewhere out there in the snow
or is it a blanket you’re under?
Madeline, how have you changed?
It’s been too long…
Madeline, what’s your new name?
Does it sound like the songs that come praying?
Does it sound like the songs that come praying?
When I sleep, are you winking at me?


from Obliterate, released March 4, 2014


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Mark Lenover

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. ... more

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