Beauty Marks the Place

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Beauty marks the place,

The one that I call home.

It sings to me despite

All other desires I have known.

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I live in a cold, desolate place,

But that cannot be perceived

Because the hearts that you have can never

Never be replaced.

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I live in joy, abundant and proud

Even if the sun never shines.

Here in the winter, and in the storm of rain

I can always read between the lines.

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I love you daughter, I love you son,

I love you, husband, who keeps us whole.

You lead us in the direction above

Even when I try to dig us a hole.

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I dig, and I dig, and I dig for more,

Knowing that it does not matter -

For here, I belong, in times of need

No matter what the forecasting.

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This world is no good, here for our children,

My mind always seems to say.

I must protect them, be a reflection for them,

To keep the evil, far at bay.

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You, my dear, you say shush,

This place is everlasting.

You've made it. Don't you see, my dear?

What are you even attacking?

The dark, I say. The evil one.

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The one they tell us always to keep at bay.

I will face him, on my own, I say –

Even while I am sleeping.

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Dearest, there's no need to worry, he says.

I'll keep everyone at arts.

I know genius is as genius does,

And I've read all the charts.

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Then you must know something I don't know,

I say, so desperately I plea.

The devil one, he will kill, for fun,

Alec, where have you come, and from so long?

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He says, far out at sea.

I have come to protect you, my lovely rose,

All spiny as can be.

You do not scare me, my slippery one,

You are my whole fruit tree.