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and then a strange thing happened
the strength of these two mallets combined with his incredible arms
he became a jackhammer

and within an hour of discovering drum-rolls
he reduced the cook wear to shrapnel
and began to beat the plywood floor
he pulverized the plywood floor
he turned it in to sawdust

as resonant surfaces dwindled
he played with increased ferocity
he tried to draw tone from grass
and then from the soil under that
he targeted stones and bits of hard clay

and his parents didn't hear what was happening through the walls they'd covered up with dampening
and the dust pouring out a crack in the window was covered by the fading glow of the sun
there in the dusk

and then he descended... then he descended...

he passed through volcanic ash and sheets of granite as he smashed dinosaur boned and fossilized trees
he found and oil deposit and lit it with his left hand then extinguished it with the wind from his right hand

and then he descended... then he descended...


from HIS FOREARMS WERE TANKS NOW, released March 3, 2010
written and performed by Michael McQuilken


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