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I woke and rose up from my deep sleep. I took up the letter and kissed it. I broke its seal and read it. It was as if the words had been written on my heart all along. I remembered that I was a king’s son, and once again I longed for the rank that was my true nature. —HYMN OF THE PEARL, XI-XII


A forest green, yeah a carpet at God’s feet, and looking greener than it had any right to be. I was wrestling a ghost of doubt, yeah, a black cloud, hanging over me. And then the wind in the trees blew right down and spoke these words to me: Stand strong, and don’t take another step ’til you know what you’re standing on. Stop your crying, and take off your shoes, ’cause you’re standing on diamonds. A concrete world, a forest made of stone, and in the middle of a million people, you can feel so alone. I was glancing around nervously appalled and frightened by the misery. And then the gods set in stone closed their ears when a tired landscape moaned: Stand strong… Sometimes, the darkness of a man’s own heart can tear his wonder and his world apart. The things he loves becomes the things he forgets until he’s changed love into something he regrets. And all the power in earth and space can’t change the past and hurt it can’t erase. Stand strong…


from The Pearl (2019), released January 4, 2019


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Metaphor San Jose, California

Metaphor hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band was originally a tribute to the music of early Genesis, then released four much-acclaimed albums of their own highly original compositions.

As a band, Metaphor is no more; but the members are still active. Visit their record label at tropeaudio.com to see other projects.
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