Beaufort Tides

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Low tide.
The scavenging gulls
scour the reaches of mud.
No slavers ride
at anchor in the roads. Rotting hulls
are drawn up on the shore.

Full stood
the tide here
when through this colonnaded door
into the raw land passed bond and free,
the one in hope leading the other in fear,
chained each to each by destiny.

Not only tide
but time and blood
can turn, can ebb and flow.
Time ebbs, blood flows, the fear
shows in the master's eye while jubilee
bursts from the bondsman's throat.

Now
no shout
rings out.
Neither hopes. Both fear.
What future tide will free
these captives of their history?

credits

from The Singles - Season 6, track released October 14, 2014
based on the poem "Beaufort Tides" by John Beecher
artwork by Patrick Wachtl
Geoff Brady: percussion
Lou Caldarola: percussion
Buzz Kemper: spoken word
Conrad St. Clair: bass, keyboards, percussion, programming
Mike Stehr: percussion

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