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What is September for
But to walk hand in hand
Down the darkening way

We’re in like a fire by night
And we’re out like a cloud
By the shortening day

We shot Roman candles in the dark
One misfired by my ear
And I nearly went deaf

Those days are a memory now
With the brightness of sun
In a split second breath

Who, who
Who will you hold when the night falls?
Who, who
Who will you hold when the night falls?

What is September for
But to cross the Red Sea
And the river Jordan

Out of the desert we fled
’Til we hungered to be captives
In a bed they made for us

September is promised land
That everyone knows
Will lead us to diaspora
Head full of thoughts with empty hands
What should have flown by now
In branches caught like Absalom

In the morning you’ll awake
To a world of white and gray

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from The Labor in Our Stillness, released January 1, 2021

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Joel Dobbins Bellingham, Washington

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