ordinary smoke

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Distance recorded by the Waterloo Exiles in Spring 2021 from:
        Nanaimo, B.C. (Mike Anderson)
        Winnipeg, Manitoba (Glenn Buhr)
        Montreal, Quebec (Keenan Reimer-Watts)

Compiled, mixed and mastered by Jamie Sitar
Music by Glenn Buhr; Lyrics by Margaret Sweatman


    she stared at her fingers
    and conjured a song
    so ardent and delicate
    she wrote her fingers into song
    she built the tower out of bone
    and ordinary smoke
    and a keen focus on silence.

    she lived at the end of an endless line
    without sound, without air,
    lucid as children
    and clear
    nothing is far away
    and nothing is near
    in the keen focus of silence.