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aligned top and right view
block letter format revised 32
draft after draft will be replaced
endlessly tweaking mistakes
scrolling through a more detailed view
of plans that show how it was made
connected to everything
except for the world around you
at times it seemed to control you
as the time it takes is what you lose
glow of the screen has pulled you
through the glass from which you view
it’s pulled you in from the distance
I had the best of intentions
your face left blank of expression
and there’s no way I can fix this
it was designed in a way
to be replaced and not maintained
and every time you’d even pay
to give the spy a new upgrade
when precisely rendered
your attention will be captured
with a fraction of the effort
until this world is consumed
and completely wrecked from within we’ll descend toward our doom
once everyone that you’ve ever known has ceased to move
and the shell of what you once were forever haunts this tomb
but I still remember a time
when we could look into each other’s eyes
anytime that we needed to speak between
our species will never survive
if we can’t learn the value of a life
without the cost of these types of chains


from This City is Sinking, released February 28, 2022
Music by The Vast:
aj hofstetter, alan baumann, casey bourisaw, casey oliver


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the vast St. Louis, Missouri

casey bourisaw

aj hofstetter
/guitar + vocals

casey oliver

alan baumann

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