Signatures (but different)

from Topiary by April White & Matthew Hollett

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I carved a long line
in the bark of a spruce
and its sap smelled like medicine
as it dribbled and oozed,

and I remembered a moth
I’d seen fossilized in amber
for a hundred million years,
and I started to wonder,

had I signed my name there,
on the bark, in the resin?
Would my sticky sap fingerprints
forever stay frozen?

I walked a long line
in the slush by the highway
with my thumb aimed at Port-aux-Basques
and the cars splashing by me,

but no one pulled over,
and my thumb ached with anger,
so I stomped back through my footprints
all the way home to Gander.

And I’d signed my name there
on that long dotted line,
I can still see it now,
even though it’s July.

I cast my long line
out into Deadman’s Pond
and I stood there until
I felt it tug on my hand,

and I reeled it in slowly
through the reeds and the mud
til a stubborn trout stared up at me
from his little cloud of blood.

And I would’ve signed my name there
in the sand by the pond,
but it was already there,
it was there all along.


from Topiary, released February 28, 2017
Lyrics + Vocals + Ukulele by Matthew Hollett
Recorded by Jeff Foran
Support Vocals by April White


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