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See how every notion takes on new life under the moon.
And the silence stands at my shoulder,
keeps me frozen in this room.
And lifted up from deeper thoughts,
I am waiting for his move.
But on the other side he smiles,
as he waits for me to choose.
'cause I haven't learned his name,
or maybe haven't learned it right,
but I hear he's got a thing or two
to say about this fight.
'cause I haven't felt the same
and I think I would have liked
all the things he said I could have had
if I'd let him in my life.
See how everyone points to
all the sad times they never choose.
What their memory doesn't tell them
they make up to fit their mood.
And woken up from bitter ways,
I am calm but still unsure.
And focused on those better days,
I am standing at this door.
'cause there's no one left to blame,
and I'm pushing past these lies,
and I see that this is far beyond
anything that just sounds nice.
And the truth is never tame,
and I really think it's time
that I turned to face the Word I ran away from
at the first sign.
And He said He so loved the world,
and He said He so loved the world,
He said He so loved the world,
and He said He so loved the world
that He came to stay here.
And I believed what he said
when he said that he'd descend
in my life, in my mess, as my best friend.
And I believed what he said
when he said that he would send
all his love like a postcard from my best friend.


from The Luggage of an Optimist, released September 10, 2010



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Miriam Marston Portland, Oregon

I started composing when I was 10. I called one of my first songs "Nostalgia", although I can't recall what my ten year old self was so nostalgic about. Recorded my first album in 2000, and I waited only ten years to release a second. Things got busy, but I never stopped writing. Even if it meant composing on a mostly-broken piano in a cold basement of a university that I wasn't even enrolled in. ... more

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