(This took four months to write)
I was kicking back on the couch with ____
with the lights out and the music on.
Anyway, we were stoned out of our skulls and it was Naked As We Came by Iron And Wine. We sat there, listening to the dulcet notes of a lone guitar lead into Sam Beam’s sugary voice, soon to be gently rounded off by his sister, Sara, as the harmony. A summer-morning-during-harvest song, or dancing in the middle of a cool rainfall.
She says ‘If I leave before you darling
don’t you waste me in the ground’
I lay smiling like our sleeping children
one of us will die inside these arms
Eyes wide open
naked as we came
one will spread our
ashes round the yard
And we sat there, listening, remarking to each other about how morbid it all was, yet so beautiful.
Even John was moved, but how could he not be? One of them would die but there was solice in the fact that it would be in the embrace of the other, as if neither one would want to die any other way, doing anything else.
And it felt like, for the first time in my life, John could understand a completely different side of me.