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Romancing the Wurm

from The Pearl (2019) by Metaphor

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I remembered the pearl for which I had been sent, and I began to charm the loud-breathing wurm. I lulled him to sleep, chanting over him the name of my family. And then I snatched up the pearl and turned once more toward my father’s house. —HYMN OF THE PEARL, XII-XIII


Sleep, oh it’s lovely, it’s all you want to do. Sleep, so delicious, the only thing that’s true. Sleep—don’t you, won’t you, you can’t resist the heaviness, the earth rising up to hold you. Sleep, that’s the way you do it, just rest your scaly head. Sleep, that’s a good wurm, no pity for the dead. I don’t know, and I don’t want to know what you’ve got planned now for your sequel. I don’t know, and I don’t want to know, but it’s clear you have no equal. I’m through tempting fate, and I’m far too late and I’ve let it go on for too long. And so today, will always be the day when someone stole your life away. And you weren’t even looking. You didn’t even know. And will you even miss it when you’re old?


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


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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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