Picture Prison

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arms knitted into your shirt
so you can fight back all your hurt
i descended the strange staircase
as a levy freed itself upon on my face

& a cocoon of twenty years
wrapped itself around both tears
& the disconnect has us hidden
in a half-the-people-are-dead picture prison
& i can’t remember the last time
we cried together
was it when we spun the freewheels
& tightened the tether ?

cling to whoever wants to be clung to
she said as i focused in on the circles
that showed when they were young too
so does every other family change
& drift & be delirious & estranged
i’m sorry your sundays aren’t identical
& you spend them alone so hysterical

& you fought back water as i loaded the reel
but the taste of letting me down was what you could feel
killing all the currents to drown out sinking
take a walk back from the son ask me what i am thinking
but the farewells to all our mothers
are shattering and fracturing the reason that i moved
the sensitivity as you shake at the knees
just let’s me know it hasn’t improved

& here i am in a picture prison
seeing all the beings in a casing who are missing
& here i am, i feel an apparition
seeing me stare at the wisdom
as my eyes are blurry without a vision
& here i am, i keep my feelings hidden
seeing you blank by the kitchen
made me tie us up like a ribbon
& here i am, i feel my feelings give in
seeing your face turning crimson
& your eyes begining to glisten


from Burrowed in the Bedroom, released November 29, 2016



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Ben Dipper Lawrence, Kansas

Ben Dipper is the brain-child of Lawrence, KS based musician and songwriter Ben Snook (Miki Moondrops, In Vivid, Sighs). His debut album "Burrowed in the Bedroom" represents a sonic departure from Snook's other projects, mixing electronic beats, vocals, synths, and guitars. Heavy emphasis on the vocal hooks, spotlighting Snook's natural songwriting ability. ... more

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