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Nine Inch Nails “Adrift And At Peace”

Had I not died
Then I would never have survived
Had I not felt cast aside
Then life would never have reprised
Had I not endured the pain
Then I would never have abstained
Had to lose myself
To find my way

Had to introduce myself
Before I could excuse myself
From every shame my human self paraded
Had to cling to fate
To unequivocally evade it
With little to no clue
Who knew I braved it
Had to be bared naked
To appreciate the psalm my scars narrated
Seek the balm to heal each harm translated
Had I not remained calm as I patiently awaited
Then forever and a day may well have faded

Had I not been seen to fail
Then I would not have been so keen prevailing
Had I not foreseen a dream
Then I would not have nearly reawakened
Had to reach my soul
Before sincerely oath be taken
Reap its peaceful glow
Or else be cheerlessly forsaken
Show and tell
My broken shell
To break the hold of potent spell
With brave and bold
Forgave of blight
For all my days’ remaining nights

Had to lose myself
To find my way
Had to introduce myself
Before I could excuse myself
From every shame my human self made plain
Had to love myself again
To love all else in naked flame
And had I not this way remained
Then I could not in closing say
Keep faith kid

Richard Charles Stevens

Keeper of The Crimson Quill

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1 Comment

  1. “Had I not died
    Then I would never have survived”

    Hence my post Not Once Have I Died. This made me take deep breaths of realisation and cry. My current emotions can only say… fucking yes 🛡🙏🏻

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