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An erasure from “Welcome to Earth” by Sturgill Simpson (A Sailors Guide to Earth)

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Photo by ActionVance / Unsplash

by L.M. Cole

Selected by Frances Klein

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hello my son
welcome to earth
You may not be my last
But you'll always be my first
Wish I'd done this ten years ago
But how could
I know
How could
I know
That the answer was so easy
I've been told you measure a man
By how much he loves
When I hold you
I treasure each moment I spend
on earth, under heave above
Grandfather always said God's a fisherman
And now
I know the reason why

And if some times daddy has to go away
don't think it means I don't love you
Oh, how I wish I could be there everyday
Cause when I'm gone it
makes me so sad and blue
and holding you is the greatest love I've ever known
When I get
home it breaks my heart
Seeing how much you've grown all on your own

you cry makes me cry
made me cry
Hearing me cry
A thousand
miles away
Every cry
(greatest love
I've ever known)

come to earth

I know
I know

I’ve been on earth
I know

the reason time
don’t make
a home

you made
me miles away

I know

source: https://www.lyricsondemand.com/s/sturgillsimpsonlyrics/asailorsguidetoearthalbumlyrics.html

L.M. Cole is a proud former temporary JAKE, a poet and an artist residing in North Carolina. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming with JAKE, Roi Faineant, The Bitchin' Kitsch, Corporeal, The Pinch Journal and others. She can be found on Twitter @_scoops__