It’s been a year of sad disclosure
Of tragic news and visitations
We feel so far from the medication
And taxi rides, so high
I wonder, how have you been sleeping?
Does it still hurt every time you breathe in?
Does that old film still make you weep?
Are you still dying to believe it?
Like so much light in so much darkness
A silver womb where you can hide out
Until the street that brought you hearkens
You’re so surprised when it’s still light out
Now your name is cannon fodder
On their tongues it’s a convolution
No rounded vowels for a gringo daughter
From the cops of The Revolution
And if it’s sickles then it’s hammers
Or drunken hotel-lobby armchairs
And if it’s midnight in Havana
We must be everywhere and nowhere
So here’s a toast to biting the hand that feeds us
And to Babstock quotes hanging in the air between us
I’ll spin this globe with my little finger (eyes that shine like candles)
You pack your bag and write that letter (light in so much darkness)
We’ll see how far the charm can take us (midnight in Havana)
To some place where the coffee’s bitter
And just like lights off of the highway
Unravel like translucent ribbons
Like headlights in the rearview mirror
Seem like they’re everywhere and nowhere
Yeah we’ll be everywhere and nowhere