Vial of Life

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with teenage parents in

the Northeast’s winter teeth

a child dressed in bruises 

neglect’s sweat soaking sheets 
 


mother’s resenting eyes 

father’s fumbling hands

petal fallen to storm
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cast out to barren lands



exhaust emaciated frame

cement bed of recess yard

fall lapsing into coma white

wake to fifth grade cards

they put a price tag on my vial of life

my breath is profit, not a basic human right

all of the days spent monitoring in fear…

I live for my brother and the people I hold dear

needle pointing compass

navigating veins

all paths plagued in sugar 

dizzy missing frames



death hides in my shadow

tugging swollen feet

Christmas skin – jab it in

mother’s sending sweets

survival assembly line

patient demoralized in care

tied up and strangled by 

the red ticker tape of our health fare

they put a price tag on my vial of life

my breath is profit, not a basic human right

all of the days spent monitoring in fear

I live for my brother and the people I hold dear…

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from Thread, released September 17, 2013

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Great Apes San Francisco, California

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Insert hype-up descriptors here. Plain and simple, Great Apes are a lyrical punk band from San Francisco. While we all have been or are in an array of more complex projects, this band is founded on pop-sensible simplicity and the notion that music, much like a bio, is often at its best when it’s spit out intensely, with concision and honesty. ... more

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