the song that holds us still lyrics – after the sirens

carry me when my legs give out, he said.
we did not expect this bramble,
this thick of th*rns.
you always see us running to anywhere
but where we’re meant to:
the belly of the sea.
breathing in the womb.
the surrogate mouth of divinity.
and we’re scr*ping our hands across
these skinny wrists.

we have seen your labor,
this looming mountain
this foaming sea
this endless field of briars.
we have seen you.

i want to tell you when i see you
that i’ve done the best with what i’ve had
just like you did.
we want your favor
and i’ll ask again tomorrow.

i want to tell you when i see you
that i’ve done the best with what i’ve had
just like you did.
oh i could not, i could not wait to be let out.
i’ll ask again tomorrow.
and i will not, i will not be found wanting in your house

felipe aquino

/ after the sirens lyrics