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Is it enough to have some love

Small enough to slip inside a book

Small enough to cover with your hand

Because everyone around you wants to look

 

Is it enough to have some love

Small enough to fit inside the cracks

The pieces don't fit together so good

With all the breaking and all the gluing back

 

And I am still not getting what I want

I want to touch the back of your right arm

I wish you could remind me who I was

Because every day I'm a little further off

 

But you are, my love, the astronaut

Flying in the face of science

I will gladly stay an afterthought

Just bring back some nice reminders

 

And is it getting harder to pretend

That life goes on without you in the wake?

And can you see the means without the end

In the random frantic action that we take?

And is it getting easy not to care

Despite the many rings around your name

It isn't funny and it isn't fair

You've traveled all this way and it's the same

 

But you are, my love, the astronaut

Flying in the face of science

I will gladly stay an afterthought

Just bring back some nice reminders

 

I would tell them anything to see you split the evening

But as you see I do not have an awful lot to tell

Everybody's sick for something that they can find fascinating

Everyone but you and even you aren't feeling well

 

Yes you are, my love, the astronaut

Crashing in the name of science

Just my luck they found your upper half

It's a very nice reminder

It's a very nice reminder

And you may be acquainted with the night

But I have seen the darkness in the day

And you must know it is a terrifying sight

Because you and I are living the same way

 

[Amanda Palmer, ‘Astronaut (A Short Story of Nearly Nothing)’]