Lonely Heartstring Band - Phantom of Your Name

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Phantom of Your Name

The fire’s burning low & I can hear you
moving like a ghost within these walls
your handprints appearing on the windowpanes
in our abandoned halls.

There are moments I cannot remember
the way the air grew sweeter at your touch
but floorboards don’t forget the sound of those who walked
across them in the dusk.

CHORUS:
A house is built of wood & stone
while we are built of flesh & bone
but ever since you walked away this house became
a phantom of your name.

Last night your voice rose slowly from the chimney
while I fed sycamore into the stove
& when I closed my eyes I almost could believe
that you’d returned, my love.

CHORUS

I sweep your final shadows from the corners
just to find they gather there anew
so I resign to feel your presence linger on
barely out of view.

CHORUS

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from Modern Ballads, released January 29, 2018

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GennaRose Nethercott Somerville, Massachusetts

GennaRose Nethercott is the author of THE LUMBERJACK'S DOVE (Ecco/HarperCollins, forthcoming 2018), selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series. Her other recent projects include A GHOST OF WATER (an ekphrastic collaboration with printmaker Susan Osgood) and the narrative song collection MODERN BALLADS. ... more

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