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“Far from any road or village, the place felt pristine, but amongst the trees were the rotting remains of a school. Rusting farm implements littered the undergrowth and former fields were now the hunting grounds of cougar. Remoteness from markets, the illogic of politics, and land unsuited to colonisation by an imported model had led to the evacuation of this coast. It reminded me that despite the wishes of those who plan worlds, settlement sometimes fails and the wild wins. This will continue to be true.”-Desert

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an adder wrapped it's neck around me
the serpent in it's posture, is draining life from me
there is water at the bottom of the sea
beneath the plastic islands, and white chemical stream
I asked for water and they gave me gasoline
they said gasoline's expensive and water's often free
I asked for water and they gave me gasoline
I asked for water and they gave me gasoline
asked for a drink, they gave me turpentine
they put the spike into the wells and turned their money green
I asked for water and they gave me gasoline
If i were a bird a bull would step on me
he'd twist my nose and break up all my wings
the only thing left over would be the little song I sing
If I were a bull a butcher I would see
like an animal that's carved before he's free
but if I were a butcher, my apron would be clean
an adder wrapped it's neck around me
so that I will see the bad things that he sees
and when I'm too much like him, that's when he will eat me

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from Destroying, released March 10, 2015

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