Ivory White Alibis

by Stryngs

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You broke my vocal chords:
told me not to mention the damage to anyone else.
So I let my lips lie mutely.
Craved the thoughtlessness of night;
pushed my daylight hours away;
and I silently screamed like the brakes being
slammed on the thoughts in my head.

Until, today:
I found that I no longer feel that I need to cry;
won’t let you walk away as though
you’re a stranger who hasn’t a secret to hide.
And, somewhere,
perhaps in the bundle of nerves behind your eyes,
you fear this woman who won’t
allow you to fold all your darknesses over.

You traumatised my trust:
left me looking at the world with my new and suspicious eyes;
tearing covers off all my books.
You had made me fear the touch
of the Good Samaritan -
and I cried out so softly,
afraid that some body might hear and respond.

Until, today:
I found that I no longer feel that I need to cry;
won’t let you walk away as though
you’re a stranger who hasn’t a secret to hide.
And, somewhere,
perhaps in the bundle of nerves behind your eyes,
you fear this woman who won’t
allow you to fold all your darknesses over.

Today: I choose not to cry.
I choose not to let you devise
your perfectly ivory-white alibis.
Today: today, I choose not to cry.
I choose not to let you devise
your perfectly ivory-white alibis.
Today: I choose not to cry.
I choose not to hand you your perfectly ivory-white alibis,
perfectly ivory-white,
perfectly ivory, perfectly ivory, perfectly ivory,
perfectly ivory-white alibis.

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released June 1, 2002

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