Half For Dogs, Half For Justin

from by maxwell stern

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mostly smelled like grass and smoke as we left your grave
dirt will settle, nature plots the course it takes
and i’ll stare up at hidden moons
howling like you taught me to do


all splayed out across the kitchen, staring me down
the quiet sounds you made replay and seem impossibly loud
i want to thank you for so many things
and right now for reminding me
that there’s a time for everything
for singing and shutting the fuck up

low light
soft glow
coated in late Sunday afternoon snow
old ground
new year
to grow again in everything around here

nation’s capital’s been calling you by last name
you never liked it much and swore that you were gonna
change it when you turned 18
but there was so much more to reshape

and when we talk about the future i wring my hands
and write it off as higher concepts i don’t understand
but knowledge is the first step towards an actionable truth
and every question leads me downstairs to a darkened dive-bar booth

sitting under an exit sign
back on the wall next to
a fire escape that leads to some deserted avenue
snow settles on wet concrete
you summoned your worn-out wit
and said “it won’t get better soon, but i’m working on it”

low light
soft glow
coming from the seventh-story window
new town
new year
to open up to everything around here


from There's A Time For Everything, released March 24, 2017



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maxwell stern Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Max plays in too many bands and also makes music by himself. He writes songs about ghosts, love, public transportation, dogs and ghosts.

He grew up in Cleveland, OH and currently resides in Philadelphia, PA. He is trying to ride his bike and call his friends more. He is also on tour a lot. He is 100% not the person writing this.
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