St Christopher's Water

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The car is all quiet
We pass the sweets
The luggage in the boot
I can see the airport towers
My brother is leaving

He sits there calm
At the window
Next to my Mam
You can tell her heart weeps like
Oil on a beach

He’s no clue about clothes
Or living alone
No concept of how far money goes
How to fail and come home

Some lives churn along like buttermilk
Some like Stations of the Cross
There on the concourse
A family confides its own goodbyes

Better go then
Better start your change of life

A family gets close
Through all its shared little episodes and jokes
But its centre of gravity holds
Onto a mother coping

It’s time for him to board
Our words all sound together like a chord
Mam digs in the hand luggage for
St Christopher’s Water

A wave at the gate
Begins the mistake
With the presumption of good luck
Unprotected but safe

Some lives churn along like buttermilk
Some like Stations of the Cross
There on the concourse
A family confides its own goodbyes

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from Dictionary Crimes, released September 14, 2012

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Mumblin Deaf Ro Dublin, Ireland

Mumblin’ Deaf Ro is a Dublin-based songwriter who has released three albums to date. Ro's third album 'Dictionary Crimes' was released by Popical Island in September 2012. The album decsribes what it is like to be part of a family. It was selected as Irish album of the year by Nialler9 and the Irish Independent and was nominated for the Choice Music prize for album of the year. ... more

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