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On Arrival

from The 12th Letter by Ford Pier

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5’11” is the most pathetic height to have to put
They think you know that you’re only 5’10”
but you know that you can’t get away with an even six foot
It’s not like filling out your eyes and hair
You can change whatever you don’t like there
It says so where it says you don’t have to wait for a lift
But you can’t go to the party ’til you get off shift
You turn up ready to go when they’re starting to rise
To get their coats and say their goodbyes
Where you going already?
I haven’t had enough
I coulda gone with the chumps I work with
but I don’t need their greasy kidstuff
You can share this cab, you shouldn’t drive
It’s already four, I’m gonna stay ’til five

I’ve lived to see them all get what I wanted most for them
come to the very least:
The Hose, The Wings, The armies of the East
I can ponder them and dream of one day
Having an estate of my own to piss away
My own country to betray
My own spoiling my own myth
My own life to get on with
If at the moment of the fulfillment of her dreams
You’re not wondering at it from afar
that isn’t how it seems

From up here it looks flat and it looks wide
And it looks bare, nowhere to hide
And there’s no one worth hiding from
Not even those you hoped would come

I guess the mail lost my invite
A little thing like that’s easily put right
Now that I’m here and staked my little plot
I’m struck by all the things it’s not
It’s not easy, it’s not fun
And I can’t see it ever being done
Just about all I can see
is a fussy little stowaway who looks a lot like me
Never letting up until he reaches his mark
Never slowed or swayed cutting through the crowd
like the fin of a shark
To arrive on time
On a specified date
At a specified hour and have to wait
To arrive on time when everyone’s late

There is a part of me that looks just like you
And I’ve taken great care to see that’s the only part you’ve had exposure to
Like one of the teeth of a skeleton key
File any one of them down and there’s no more me
The more i love you the less you’re shown
Like a light that’s intensified the smaller it’s grown
I like everyone I’ve never met
Who haven’t made their arrival yet


from The 12th Letter, released September 24, 2021
Meredith Bates: violin
Christine Fellows: owls


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Ford Pier Vancouver, British Columbia

Ford: v.t. to cross by wading (Webster)
Pier: n. a disappointed bridge (Joyce)

Ford Pier has a rock band called The Vengeance Trio and a string quartet called Strength Of Materials. There's ten or eleven albums of this stuff, and more on its way. You just watch. ... more


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