My Arrow

from by Patti King

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If I drop all of these vices
Will I float into space?
To be the best the fastest
Seems the ultimate race

Try to shoot
My arrow at
The bullseye of perfection
Before I'm pulled
Into the pitfalls
Of my own convention

Start each day
Downing genius

If I stop all of these curses
Will I look like A. Saint?
A paradigm of glory
Face so red with restraint

Try to shoot
My arrow at
The bullseye of invention
Before I die
Or slip into
The blankness of pretension

Start each day
Downing genius

What are you looking at?
And where are you traveling to?
And what is the next step
When the sunshine pours through?
And when is the last time?
How sure is your mind?
Why do you keep looking when there's nothing left to find?

If I stop all of these curses
Will I turn into Grace?
Consumed at every moment
All my love will enlace


from My Arrow, released June 1, 2012



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Patti King Portland, Oregon

In 1997, my father taught me how to play "Eight Days a Week" by the Beatles, and then the songwriting began. The hours spent in my room after school writing and drilling new songs allowed me to shape my style and vision. The songs come more slowly these days, but have grown greater in density. ... more

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