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Circles surrounding our hands,
We dipped them cool in the lake,
Rippled into each other and grew,
Then faded away,

You had a voice in your heart,
I felt its warmth as you breathed,
You touched my head with water and said,
Do you believe?


Rain hit the top of your car,
As we drove through the summer night,
The calm of your face, our delicate place,
Moved towards a light,

I asked if you were afraid,
Of all being lost in the sand,
You said that no, for waters would show,
Our father’s plan,

I followed you to the tower,
Where everyone stood wearing white,
They said the leaves were burning from trees,
On earth that night,

We looked down on the world,
The oceans and fractaling land,
Then touched my face, the seraphim grace,
A guiding hand,

I felt my feet near the edge,
I felt the end coming soon,
I cried for rain, for love, and for pain,
But I jumped for you,

Darling I’m made of this world,
And all that I want to believe,
Is that there is a home outside of these bones,
For you and me,


You kissed my neck on the hour,
That red ran through Gabriel’s hair,
The breaking of bread as he hit his head,
On tower stairs,

Waves hit the final shore,
Where we stand and all will arrive,
The stones have been thrown, the ripples have grown,
And now we die.


from For Gabriel - EP, released August 12, 2016
Violin - Yuri Popowycz
Bass - Hayden Arp and Nic Mathisen




Hayden Arp Oberlin, Ohio

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