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Comfort, or: Four Parables About the Important Differences Between Intent and Readiness

from Interim in Terra by Nivi



i heard a story
of a girl who studied talking with a book
she had the tongue positions down
she knew exactly what it took

she had the confidence to filibuster
the whole entire day
she was excited
there was so much she had to say

the crowd was buzzing as she stood backstage
preparing for her speech
she had
so much to tell them
a lifetime's worth of wisdom
hers to teach

she took the podium
the buzz died down
a thousand pairs of eyes
and to her surprise
she wagged her jaw
she clicked her teeth

it is easy to convince yourself you're ready
you think it through
you know exactly what to do
and it is easy to believe that you're prepared
that there's no reason to be scared

but if you have a single drop of sudden rain
a thousand closed umbrellas will not help you


i saw a man backed up against our hundred-metre wall
weapon in one hand
and wallet in the other

another stood demanding that he throw them in the air
our hero, frozen
whimpering for mother

he had three options: lose life and wallet
keep his life or both
and through inaction, chose the former, lost it all

he had the answer in his hand
but he was not prepared to use it
in the moment, he couldn't pull the trigger
instead he took the fall

it is easy…

and we take comfort
knowing action is an option
and we take comfort
knowing we are far more powerful than them
and we take comfort knowing
if we got wind that they were planning to attack
we'd get them back

and we take comfort…

but if you have a single…


from Interim in Terra, released December 21, 2014
lead vocals by Barry Watson (barrywatson.co)



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