In The Bedroom Down The Hall

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floral print sundress
sandals strapped to your feet
thick smell of hairspray and perfume
a little too sweet
you’d put your hands in my pockets
dig your nails into my skin
eight half-moon-shaped impressions
begging me to begin

your parents sounded unsettled
we listened through the wall
speaking Spanish
in the bedroom down the hall

wanna be able to look at you
and have my mind not wander so
wanna bypass my short fuse
with attention kept whole
i’ve got this programming function
to react a certain way
you’re a meandering river
go on and lead me astray

your father visibly nervous
when your mother made the call
speaking Spanish
in the bedroom down the hall

hid a bottle under the floorboards
covered locks with electrical tape
we turned the TV volume up just enough
to mask the sounds that might want to escape
convinced that we were so different
immune from all unclean
and as it turned out, we were right
in ways we could have never foreseen

and now there’s an onslaught of questions from relatives
we count the days to the fall
speaking Spanish
in the bedroom down the hall.

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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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