Beyond Before

turning in the dhirga
with a dervish
had a vision of a viper
spinning scripture
at the circus

all ecstatic, wrapped in sequines
blowing kisses to the bleachers
when the witches
struck matches
to the pyrotechnics
of the charismatics
all the children
twitched in seizure

before a shining
before a shadow
before and beyond
beyond a window
beyond a mirror
before and...

just before the love that spit you
into all the love that gets to
pin you down
and show you how to suffer

bathing in the river
of the light
around your mother
with the figures
at the bottom of the water

all ecstatic, wrapped in secrets
blowing kisses to a teacher
there was a rupture
in the moonlight
then a fracture
in the skylight
woke up with a baby
laying at our bedside

before a shining
before a shadow
before and beyond
beyond a window
beyond a mirror
before and...

just before the love that spit you
into all the love that gets to
pin you down
and show you how to suffer

just before the empty shattered
and beyond the face it scattered
you were you
before and beyond

and the cause
of our confusion
is the clues were all
arrows in the quiver
of a question

long before the love that spits you
into all the love that gets to
pin you down
and show you how to suffer

before a shining
before a shadow
before and beyond
beyond a window
beyond a mirror
before and beyond
All Songs © Copyright 2004 Stuart Davis