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When The Walls Fell (Tragedy)

from Ocean Oddity by Tom Harter

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His fears were calmed. And when his moment came, he simply slipped below the surface. At this moment, he entered a vast, eternal ocean. All the pain of life ran away and all that came before was merely just a fleeting memory. He found this water to be a comfort. He didn't have to swim or struggle. Motion was given and received. Looking around from beneath the water, he saw alabaster columns rise holding the universe above in a starlit dance. He realized now his home was everywhere and every soul was one... and every when was now.

He turned expecting to see her, but in her place stood a handsome, ageless man shining like starlight. But this man had the same mismatched, kind, and laughing eyes.

"What do I call you now?"

The androgynous man looked down at himself seemingly amused by the change and said, "Well, this could cause confusion for you I guess. You still think gender is... well.... a thing. See, it really is just a strange sort of mirror which only exists for fragments of time. Some people stare at the mirror more intently. That's all it is really." Then he laughed. "I suppose you could still call me Ziggy... but, well... hmmm. It will amuse me if you call me Starman."

Unexpectedly, a young girl with indigo eyes suddenly appeared and poured sand into the Starman's hand. Laughing, he blew on the small pile of sand making it glow before he hurled it into the Universe sky above.

Experiencing the magnificence around him caused the illusions of life to leave the mind of the recently departed soul. Both within him and without him, walls began to fall.

When the Walls Fell (Tragedy)

There are indigo eyes that beheld the disguise giving sand to the dead man's hand
Spinning into the night with a shout of delight as astrology changed the band
And the Starman was pleased when the dead woman sneezed at the stardust he blew so far
And though nothing has changed, it's all rearranged as Paul chases shooting stars

When the walls fell

It's a toxic surprise when you swallow the lies like something's been long foretold
And tragedy spins as Satan he grins with perfect teeth he capped with gold

When the walls fell

And when the walls fell I heard William Tell wipe away all your tears my love
The salt giveth life killing darkness and strife, the angels giving Satan the shove
The sky is an arc but love is a spark, it's easy if you just believe
And I'm no one today, but I just have to say, you can give or you can just receive

When the walls fell


from Ocean Oddity, released May 1, 2019


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Tom Harter Green Bay, Wisconsin

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