Ankari - On Shower Walls

from by Stephen Wordsmith

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A cunning swarm of cuneiform.


A home is where the heart is
For all the charm it lacks
Like carpeting or ceilings
Or walls devoid of cracks
What would it take a soul to make
A house a home again?
The tradesman has his paintbrush
The writer has her pen

Your aching walls of plaster bare
Transform, as now you write
A scribbling pad without an end
A canvas infinite
Where every theme and narrative
Will spindily unfold
Across the holey weatherboards
To help keep in the cold

So fill your home with words alone
From each wall to the next
A cunning swarm of cuneiform
A tapestry of text
With every phrase from bygone days
The tales of why and how
Reborn as scrawls on shower walls
The time to write is now

A splash of paint will one day fade
The best wallpaper tears
A lockwood wall, however strong
Begins to show its years
And every steadfast picture glass
Will not forever last
For earthly objects come and go
But stories always are

So set your pen in motion
From each wallpaper rip
Let every letter of your songs
Come flowing from its tip
And soon your house a home will be
Emblazoned from your mind
Unleash the scrawls on shower walls
Let joy be unconfined


from On Shower Walls, released March 1, 2017
Lyrics by Stephen Wordsmith
Music, voice, arr. & production: Ankari:
Piano: David Pineda
Violin: Paulina Espinosa
Percussion: Oscar Peralta



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