Pull the cattails out by their necks,
Pull the cattails out by their necks.
Wade in the water up to your chest.
Let the stink set into your skin,
Breathe it in.
Let it coat your lungs,
Let it stain your lungs.
24 and at the shore of Lake Griffy,
It smells the same on a hot summer day
As the pond 30 yards from the backdoor of my house.
And I am hit right in the chest,
With the image of the child that I was.
Carry the trash out to the dumpster.
Another day of washing dishes at the college
And without warning, I am on the ground.
A muddy field back in Adams County.
15 and I am laughing.
I am 16 and I am crying.
And I'm 18 packing up and trying not to
Over think this one.