Rebel Fist

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He left the simple life for the world’s parade – said he had to howl at the moon. I guess the proud are always the first to eat crow. He went to find himself, but he looked too hard and opened up some doors too soon. There are places in this world that a man should never go. But we all know how it feels when the bee stings.

He let a sunset smile give him sunrise hope – she left just like a shooting star. Ain’t it sad to wish on the very thing you will lose? You never compromise until it gets too tough. That’s when you find yourself on your knees with your pockets turned out and a stutter you can’t control. We all know how it feels when the bee stings.

He turned his leather cheek to the northern wind, and cut his tongue on a sharp edged song. If there’s a dance to dance it away then you dance it alone. Outside a cheap hotel under a blood red moon, he waits for a Samaritan friend – he waited until it just got easier to let it bleed. We all know how it feels when the bees sting.

It might be 40 years out on the wilderness trail, or 40 days of judgment rain, or 40 nights asleep on 40 trains, but the prodigal will find a way back home. He took his deepest wound to an open field and sacrificed it like a bull. He set a fire, he watched it burn, and then he washed his hands. By the bluish glow of an appliance store, he stares into his father’s eyes, in a photograph that proves it’s not a dream. We all know how it feels when the bees sting.

It might be 40 years out on the wilderness trail, or 40 days of judgment rain, or 40 nights asleep on 40 trains, but the prodigal will find a way back home. Every drunken cry will sober up in the sun as laughter takes the place of that shame. Every rebel fist will lose its power to grip and only find the strength to embrace back home.

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from Elephant Sightings, released June 20, 2010

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