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Covering Our Ears and Eyes, We Laugh

from Street Preachers From Outer Space by Jay Tholen



i remember
that morning
when we were late for school,
my brother tumbled head first down the old porch stairs
and i laughed so hard
i laughed so hard

i remember
that winter
scrawny neighbor girls were skating around outside
and the ice gave way to make a grave for them below
and i laughed so hard
we laughed so hard

a sick laugh permeates the air
in cold and public places
it rings out from the mouths of those
whom irony embraces
nothing can be real to them
no, nothing can be known
and when the joke is over
they'll find themselves alone

i remember
that evening
when we heard him beg for mercy,
but still we emptied rounds into his greying head
and we laughed so hard
we laughed so hard

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[[[ i remember
that summer
when we set ourselves on fire,
the pain had us in stitches as our father cried
still we laughed so hard
we laughed so hard ]]]

is the new crying
and you can tell
whose souls are dying
by looking at
the way they're laughing

we'd laugh ourselves to death
if we could have more time
to cover our ears and eyes but
we're greatly loved


from Street Preachers From Outer Space, released May 2, 2009


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