Sure there is riding bikes
while Dad walks marathons
all around Livonia parks
faster Mom, faster, Mom!

But I, I favor motor boats
the dizzy spinning
circles send
going fast, and going slow
and always embrace at the end.

And yes there are sliding slides
in my green track suit
a thrill with a fast conclusion
in that pricker bush, how rude.

Or Aerostars with broken parts
junk harmonic balancers
lost down forest roads
in that big blue monster.

But what about paddles boats
and all of their Polka Loops
and wild adventure to be sure
Grandma peering at the moon.
And even though we never left
that one same spot in that same lake
I think we found eternity
each time we turned to play that game.

For isn't this the means that we
will reunite all in the end?
You'll circle down with us beneath
As heav'n toward earth shall bend.


from Matchstick EP, released May 16, 2013




Carl Thomas Gladstone Detroit, Michigan

As a music and mischief maker on the prophetic edge Carl writes music as a discipline of justice-seeking and disruptive discipleship. He writes to engage people of faith and of no faith in deep questions and engaging stories that matter for the world.

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