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8. Maps

A fine wing tilting on the wind
A flash of white out in the blue
She is the wanderer
Carefree follower
Of thunder clouds and the lift and fall
Of all her dreams

He is the traveller
Cautious master
Of high ground, horizons
And the biggest seas
Measuring days out in contour lines
Isobars and the rhythm of the waves

Each breath she drew
An act of faith in winning through
She flew but took no heed
Of the landing places she might need

He craved the certainty of maps
And all the things they let you know
But never thought enough about
The things that maps can never show

She takes the photograph down from the shelf
Captures the distance between themselves
He finds it later broken on the floor
Collects the pieces, shuts the door.

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from A short stay in longevity, released May 25, 2013

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Simon Beavis Brighton, UK

Simon Beavis is a writer and musician based in Sussex in the UK. This is his first solo album, bringing together songs, tunes and poems written over 15 years. He has also written songs for two albums by the acoustic roots band, in cahoots.

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