Sunday, May 22, 2005

Feet of Clay

From a distance, it looked as grand a ship as you could ever wish to see. It seemed to have all the features that one would ask for and looked serene and untouched. It seemed almost arrogant in its bearing as it floated. There did however appear to be a sense of illusion about the entire picture; something you couldn't perhaps pin down and identify, but nonetheless, something that suggested a slight dicrepancy.....

A closer look would perhaps have helped, but it wasn't that easy. The craft seemed surrounded by treacherous rocks and whatever approach one used, the craft seemed just as far away as it had before commencing.

On the deck, the captain lay back slowly and cast an uncaring eye over the surrounding water. He had lost all sense of time. He did remember the time he had set out though. It had been a marvellous time. Bound for Utopia, the craft had been unaffected by all that happened around it. And whatever did affect it, only seemed positive.

The rudder....that had been the crucial loss really. He did not recollect the manner of the loss, nor the emotions that had immediately followed it. All that he really knew, was that as he lay there today, the same way that he had lain for God knows how long, that he really didn't care any didn't really matter......

The right mast lay in five pieces. The once proud craft lay motionless most of the time these days, the only exception being when the current carried it in the direction that it flowed....

So, so you think you can tell,
Heaven from Hell,
Blue skies from pain,
Can you tell a green field,
From a cold steel rail,
A smile from a veil,
Do you think you can tell

Did they get you to trade,
Your heroes for ghosts,
Hot ashes for trees,
Hot air for a cool breeze,
Cold comfort for change,
Did you exchange,
A walk-on part in the war,
For a lead role in a cage

How I wish, how I wish you were here,
We're just two lost souls,
Swimming in a fish bowl,
Year after year,
Running over the same old ground,
What have we found,
The same old fears,
Wish you were here....

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