Raskol I

from by Wes Braver

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I see the tragic
In old computers
In ramen noodles
And in the neighbors
Their morbid voices
And my muteness
In darkened stairways
The stubborn hatchet
Let’s make it sharper

My blood has held the secrets of a nation
I let it spill and knew the implication
I have to watch my back
But my shadow feels lighter

I always lived my life on the wire
And thirty one’s too young to retire
I’ll crawl the same web
As a new spider

In exile in the name of finding an answer
Answers are all that’s left
When you can’t survive

Uninvited in your own home
And better yet you’re alone
And better yet you’re unknown
To yourself

A grain of rice in a clump
In a bowl in my hand
Which I eat
In a bed in a room
In a house on a street

Somewhere in a city that’s not my own
And it’s cold to the bone
But I can set the tone

So I’m throwing your letters into the embers
What’s one more person to remember
I’m a reckless recluse waiting to rendered

So I’ll treat myself to reading on the Nyevski
In the parallel escape of Dostoevsky

The weight of knowing
In judging glances
Refuse the smile
Embrace the guilty
In Sonia’s family
In Lizaveta
The wretched sister
Eight-legged widow
I see what I am
I brought the axe down

(Rodya! Rodya!)


from METADATA, released August 15, 2015



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Wes Braver Brooklyn, New York

Wes Braver is a musical theatre writer and performer, electronic music producer, and film composer from Washington, D.C., now based in Brooklyn, NY. He has written three original musicals, "Time's Square 2090," "Hear No Evil in the Year 2090," and "Galapago." "METADATA" is his debut album. ... more

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