Career Move

by Thymme Jones

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released October 22, 1996

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Born during the first few seconds of 1981; many decades later: still here.

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Track Name: Production
beauty loves industry
theater curtains rise and sell metaphors

people lose their jobs
cars move me from the road to tears

movement down
off the line
numbers fall between roses
random as smoke
open heart surgery love performed

beauty loves industry alone
they conspire

her death was long ago
beauty was mortified in love
on the stage
Track Name: Dissimulation
you were just a mirage, i know
a shallowness which is shallow
barely penetrates the surface
shadow games you play on the wall

the wall provides
the screen displays
silent motion

your proximity is remote
lift this veil as my voice echoes
in the labyrinth of your ear

your ear coils 'round
entraps my words
have lost their way

you were just a mirage, i know
the somnambulist in the dream
on the horizon of distance

distance reveals
the truth conceals
nature is veiled
Track Name: Self Exile
i keep twilight vigil
over a sleeping world
outside of all dreams
my darkness fills the night
death without end

i need to reach the ground
wake from this sleeplessness
hallucination
my eyes peeled wide open
starting over again

i no longer know how to conduct myself, i scream

i fall into shadow
a battlefield of sleep
furthest from my dreams
my scars destroy the night
ending over again

i cannot close my eyes in this nocturnal world dream

i need to hold this ground
between me and the world
alone with myself
my weakness is profound
starting over again

i persevere in self destruction identity

i am my most experienced enemy
i am a strength which is not reconciled
i am one, two, many to get along with myself
Track Name: The Accident
her face pressed into mine, and
here i lay motionless in bed
and it feels like

her life was who i am, and
i have become a memory without

her to remember me, for
who we were face pressed into face
and it feels like

her life was who i am, the
present mythology of love

absent of any sign, this
distance becomes my compromise
for what feels like

nothing fills up the time, our
voices cling to my broken spine in the

absence of any sign, this
desire envelops everything
in what feels like

nothing fills up the time, the
present mythology of a love
gone
Track Name: The Civilized War
marching
forward
on the
world scene
we make
chaos what it is not

in the
presence
of dogs
and grave
robbers
world bank monetary

forecast is not blinding enough
prepare
for war
absorbed in reflection

as chance
dictates
the end
after
the false
ending
Track Name: Mise En Abyme
this war
repetition world view
populates unconscious center

we share
networks of illusion
three million points of light per second
fill the screen

white man
sees black man approaching
looks away
avoids the danger

a line
forms a broken circle
striving for completion
we fear

these
black and white photographs
of skin
becoming
sheer numbers of images

we'll work it out sometime
we'll work it out

we take
pictures of each other
recreate our isolation

please smile
look directly at me
camera held between us
personified
Track Name: Disjunct
i refuse to live
in a swimming pool
diving into
waterless and blue
the most spacious and empty life

i refuse to live
in a slaughterhouse
like a bad dream
colorless and red
as they open fire on the crowd

dive for cover
and sleep