Whelk

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Would it have made as much of an impact if it hadn’t happened then?
Trouble is influenced, the kind of strain that context makes
The empty seat with broken seat belts,
The longest bus ride home
Always the last one off
It didn’t matter
It was three months off
And two weeks gone

Took the bed next to the window
(moving out)
When dad put in the air conditioner
We wondered as we lied awake
We wondered how it stayed in place
Without falling into the back yard

The pool, a substitute shower
I already had a plan planned

Have you ever heard of a lightning whelk?
It’s a monster that absorbs lightning and
Stores the energy in its shell
So whatever you do, don’t attack the shell

Weight capacity
Waiting for a turn
Watching for mistakes
Alone in the cold when everyone was outside
“I don’t miss my span of attention”¹

And the sunscreen never worked
And putting on a shirt
Just made it worse

Tried to convince ourselves that this year would bring change
(an awkward stance)
Somehow never speak again

We fooled ourselves
It’s alright

I want you to know everything’s fine
You tried to say
I gave little back and tried to say
As little as I could say
Wait to show up late
And stand in the back

Trusting in some climax to give it closure but it was
Much quieter than we had thought it was really gonna be

Spent half a year in California
(take it back)
Let nothing follow us from home
The weather never changed a day we stayed there
(stay the same)
Except for the two days it rained in November
It was like time was stuck or standing still
And our surprise, we find
That all of this would still commit
That what we threw against the wall,
That it would really stick



¹NoFX - "We Threw Gasoline on the Fire and Now We Have Stumps for Arms and No Eyebrows"

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from Strengths, released October 28, 2014

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Invalids Princeton, New Jersey

Invalids started as the bedroom project of Pete Davis (with remote internet-based collaboration with other musicians). As of March 2015, it has grown to a proper four-piece band with the addition of Joe Scala, Raymond Bonanno, and Brock Benzel.

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