Reverse Ascension

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Send me back
to before my animal birth
into this decaying system of flesh.

It maintains an isolated pulse,
temple of cognitive turbulence.
Condense, descend.
Reverse ascension to a dense system
which leeches from chemical bonds.

The cleansing is incomplete.
A dark strain festers evoked by
changing surroundings.
It was always there.

Irreversible transformation has begun.
In limbo between obverse states of density.

Calling into ruined stations of old.
Wait in dead air
to hear an echo
of the ancient machine,

An oscillator set into rotation.
Providing momentum against gravity towards elevation.
I rose until I saw the ancient face
and gave into fear.
Send me back!

Dripping in a virus I cannot see.
Drowning in the tangible.
I refused a skyward transition,
accepting only dense vibrations,

Consciousness disconnected
from the still-breathing vessel.
Falsely ambulant, never vacant,
teeming with movement under skin translucent.

Human animal: annex of darkness.
Every sense infested with absence.
Spirit evicted, threshold retracted,
sealed by mortality redacted.
It was always there.


from Embrace, released March 24, 2016
Derek Lamoreaux - Guest Vocals
Mac Ritchey - Electric Oud



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