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Sand Dollars​/​Paper Dollars

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dollars of sand put weight in hand
broken by dreams and seaweed streams
dogs do cartwheels on humans' heels
mosaic beach shack histories

as winds avail
the paper dollars fail
they blow away
enough just for today
trading hours' gifts
for sand-through-fingers shifts
as days devour
the paper dollar showers

what flowers do bees suck right through
figure 8 their friends
the honey work it never ends
found objects fool
emit no rule
broken or whole from the biggest fishy bowl

trip out and then
"i'm handing in my pen"
sand dollars face
off paper again
in lieu of thrills
we exercise the skills
of paying bills
and fifty cent refills

sea biscuit
pansy shell
galleta del mar
a five-pointed star

minnows come over
in innocence and clover
apples fall from trees
kids' cacophonies


from Deep Time Songs, released December 1, 2013


tags: rock Portland


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Cynthia Nelson Portland, Oregon

cynthia nelson writes songs and sings them and plays them on instruments. in order of appearance: ruby falls, retsin, the naysayer, the sophie drinker music project, cynthia nelson, cynthia nelson band. new album forthcoming in 2017.

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