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Luna Mirage

Summer life strung on the edge of a knife
While the porch light flutters outside
Buzzing free, new butterflies and bees
Cut the dead steam, float the old queen

That one night I left the door open wide
Perfect Day cranked on the late-wave, while
Lost and found drained all my dreamings down
When they blew out, something flew 'round

Silently, just as Toulouse’ fairy
Fluttered to me, hovered facing
This no bird, nor a mirage — absurd
I’m not dreaming, nor deceiving

Lift me up, you lambent bug, and
Fly me out with you
Paint false eyes onto my sides
Recoloring the truth

Hollow days emptied into the change
Juno’s nones raged, Luna’s tones caged
Perfect night, trace me along your sky
Pull me outside, keep me at your height

Seven days you only wake for
Swimming with the moon
That one night you held my life
I whisper back to you


from Visitors, released April 14, 2021
Ben Hjertmann: voice, scale-zither
Emmalee Hunnicutt: cello, voice

Music and Lyrics by Ben Hjertmann


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Ben Hjertmann Asheville, North Carolina


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Microtonal Folk


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