The Sentinel

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lyrics

Once, he was bloodless
too young to sit still
no blood to bind him
no oath to shape his will

Once, he was restless
limping from the sand
seeking a new shore
a new place to stand.

Once, he was homeless
no bones stacked by the hearth
no ghosts on the heath
just the road beneath his feet.

He was fire, he was dirt
he was nameless, no keeper
he was all of nothing, so he kept on walking.

The mountain named him, the storm claimed him
anchor, landfall, our watcher.

Heavy his blood
with the taste of sky
with the smell of pine
with the weight of snow and time.

Restful his watch
sleepless he stands
far from the shore
the never-waning brand.

Once, he was homeless...

The sentinel stands with his feet in the tides
riding against the moon’s embrace
Like a red-jawed Thor
braced ‘gainst the earth
the storm-snake wrapped ‘round his girth.

Now, the storm tide
cloud spills down the mountainside
the sentinel stands still
for the earth to pull him near.

Once he was roving and lost.
Nameless, wandered, a bloodless vagabond.

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from Bonefire Grit, released March 17, 2017

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