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from Portraits by ellen cherry

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I like a bath that almost burns
I like a wheel that spins and turns
I always like to entertain
So there’s no time to be ashamed.

I like sad songs about sad things
Like silent films and wedding rings
I don’t like sweet, I like to savor
Those shiny, pretty party favors

I like a lot of what’s around me
but I love the thing that hasn’t found me
the quiet and the waiting thing
that keeps my hands upon the strings
that cuts the seams of lovely dreams
and then leaves

i love that moment at the start
the tease, the breath, the racing heart
i may stutter; i may laugh
I’ll play the fool on your behalf

I want the thing that makes me high
that first hello and the long goodbye
I want to know what I don’t know
I need to stop, I want to go go go

I like a lot of what’s around me
but I love what wants to dazzle and astound me
the silent thing that dominates
that mesmerized and fascinates
and makes it hard to separate
the quick from the kind

the self from the mind

it’s true, I might just slip and fall
sometimes i like to spill it all
i could tell you what it’s all about
but now it’s time to shut my mouth

I like a lot of what’s around me
But I love the dog that howls and hounds me
the fevered dream is manifest
it sparks and scalds without a rest
it rips my heart right from my breast
and then smiles


from Portraits, released September 17, 2016


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ellen cherry Baltimore, Maryland

I am song & story Alchemist and I want to meet you at the intersection of creativity and recovery. While on tour in Texas, I was struck by an intoxicated driver which resulted in a violent wreck. Through my music and multi-media performances, I explore the pain and joy of recovering one’s body and spirit after extreme trauma. ... more

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