Minotaur Heart

Minotaur Heart

 

Her head is a maze and I’m not asking;

strike the billows in the curtains,

your ghost comes ‘round.

I was a Jesus to her Mary,

born of starlight in a basket,

south of mother’s milk.

After the war has gone

And the steel rusts in your bones

It’s the big closedown

 

Come on down

Come on down

Come on down

Come on down

Try my minotaur heart

 

They will enslave you, if you let them;

carpet your walls, undress your best plans —

expose your hopeful runner’s heart.

After the war has gone

And the steel rusts in our bones

It’s the big closedown

 

Come on down

Come on down

Come on down

Come on down

Try my minotaur heart

Come on down

Come on down

Come on down

Come on down

Try my minotaur heart

 

You’ll be the wanderer in my wasteland;

I’ll be the water for your dead sand.

Do you understand?

Do you understand?

After the war has gone

And the steel rusts in our bones

It’s the big closedown

 

Come on down

Come on down

Come on down

Come on down

Try my minotaur heart

Come on down

Come on down

Come on down

Come on down

Try my minotaur heart

 

(Life Underwater, 2007)

 

James O'Brien