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Pretty Lights (Micah Caswell-Baton Rouge, LA)



An excerpt from Civil Hands directed by Tim Miller and performed at Louisiana State University

This is a story
About a breathing boy
On a breathing hill
With another breathing boy
And how one of those boys became
Breathless

Lying on our backs
We watched a flurry of lights above us
Breathing
Not sure if they were really moving at all
We realized that hands were exactly the same size
Breathing
With two palms pressed together
Our fingers intertwined
Breathing
It happened
With our hands still as one
Breathing
He put his weight against me
On top of me
Still breathing
Pushing my body into the grass
Into the ancient burial ground beneath us
Breathing
But somehow still seemed to be above the rest of the world
It felt like I was sinking through the grass
Breathing
I could feel the earth all over me
And then he released me
Breathing
Our one hand became two
The link between our bodies broken
Breathing
And still I couldn’t be happier
He gave me exactly what I had been hoping for
Breathless

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