California

from by Anna Vogelzang

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I have walked
out to California
with the weight of the north pole upon my back

I’ve been drunk,
trying not to notice
all the looks I got out on the tracks

& on the way to this promised land
I broke my own commandments
& now the waves are my reprimand
they bend each day towards you

now my boots,
they are overflowing
with the souls of all those that I’ve met

makes my gait
wobbly & unsteady
but with gin I bear the cross of it

& on the way to this promised land
I broke my own commandments
& now the waves are my reprimand
they bend each day towards you

& some nights you eat the moon
& some nights the sky will bloom
& swallow you whole (oh no)

now I pray
since I’ve finally made it
I will go back to my old high school

prove success
as the masses gather
loaves & fishes, steel bones, gold & jewels

& on the way to this promised land
I broke my own commandments
& now the waves are my reprimand
they bend each day towards you

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from Paper Boats, released April 6, 2010

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