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Triggers (Gunfire)

from Ocean Oddity by Tom Harter

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From opposite sides of the mirror, they looked at each other. He in the vast eternal Ocean, she at her desk. Did she understand? How do words from eternity sound to the ears of the living? He knew what he was trying to say. He wanted her to know there is light in the darkness, there is no need to live in despair, and the golden cracks in her soul are beautiful. And, most of all, here in the Ocean, she would be heard.

She laughed, looked down, brushed a strand of hair behind her ear, and shyly smiled. The mirror went dark.

"Do you think she remembers that specific quote you cleverly buried in the bridge?" Starman laughed as he closed the view-screen into the world.

"Dammit. I can't keep up with you changing back-and-forth like that!"

"You'll get used to it."

"So I have a question. Since you can open a window on anything and everything, you, me, and every soul can see the pain, suffering, and evil in the world. Why don't you stop it?"

The Starman shimmered for a moment as if he would change back to Ziggy, but then the glow dimmed.

He said, "We can’t stop choice, and for some the choice is violence. Violence causes all pain and suffering. Violence is the root of evil. You may have heard money is the root of all evil. Well, money is violent and is a cousin to the violence of greed. Selfishness is violent. Blind faith is violent. Wanton lust is violent. Hate is violent. Arrogance. Ignorance. They are all violence."

Starman created the screen again and revealed all the pain of the Earth across all of space and time saying, "There's a trigger in a gun..."

Triggers (Gunfire)

There's a trigger in a gun
It's made to be used
There's a trigger in a gun
No you won't be abused
There's a trigger in a gun
It's pointed at you
There's a trigger in a gun
And here's what we do


There's a trigger in a gun
It's all about love
There's a trigger in a gun
I swear on heaven above... oh...
There's a trigger in a gun
It's a beautiful thing
There's a trigger in a gun
Touch and make it sing... oh...


There's a trigger in a gun
The curtain is drawn
There's a trigger in a gun
Soon it will be dawn... oh...
There's a trigger in a gun
Just a sensual touch
Yeah, there's a trigger in a gun
No, you won't feel much
From the...



from Ocean Oddity, released May 1, 2019


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