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Purification (The Meeting)

from Ocean Oddity Bonus Tracks by Tom Harter

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And when his moment came he simply slipped below the surface
While all the pain of life ran away
All that came before was merely just a fleeting memory
As each moment here expanded
An eternity of now

Then he looked with heightened vision, no lenses on his eyes
To see what was foretold in ancient rhymes
All the words and songs he’d heard, all the sacred rants and holy tomes
He knew they fell short of what could be
An eternity of now

For here set forth before him were ageless childhood illusions
Imagination made so real
The source of all the fragments musicians and the holy
Had used to light their souls and paint heaven upon earthly moments
In an eternity of now

Now beneath the water alabaster columns rose
Holding the universe above in a starlit dance
Now his home was everywhere and every soul was one
And every when was now; yes every when was now

Tears had fed these waters
Salt was all around
Purifying wounds and loss
Here in this ocean of love
He felt one last gasp of earthly pain
All the slights once brought against him
All times he’d come up short
All the poisons and infections
All the doubts and naked fears
All the panic and the heartbreak
All the weakness and the frailty
Drawn out in spiraling dark ribbons
To vanish far below

Now cleansed and wrapped in light she came to take his hand
Androgynous she would always be
And here their conversation began


from Ocean Oddity Bonus Tracks, released June 10, 2019


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