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I thought you said when you left my house
that that pickle-jar was for collecting flies
so don't you turn your delightful head
on bugs with smaller eyes

We sailed tiny ships made of popsicle sticks
with our hearts in our mouths with our teeth
and the water so clear you could see the spines
of the translucent fish underneath

So peel a leaf into a skeleton hand
and hold its shadow up to my face
this armature is for the dawn to obscure
and not for your fingers to trace

Saw you pulling fuzz from the bellies of bees
did you think you would furnish a nest?
only lay out the wings of your animal dead
the cicadas will swarm for the rest

You were a rose painted on my mouth
and flowers on my knees
but the day will come my friend when all that we are
is a buzzing in the trees

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from In the Palace of Green Porcelain, released December 4, 2009

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Helen America Seattle, Washington

Helen America's delicately-crafted, profusely literary songs evoke fairytale worlds laced with menace - her haunting lullabies for two-headed turtles and murder ballads have a crystalline purity that belies their obsessive intensity and sometimes grotesque imagery. 'In the Palace of Green Porcelain' has been described as "the sound a butterfly's heart would make, if butterflies had hearts." ... more

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