Breaking Dawn Song


Breaking Dawn Song


Diffusing the violence in the kick drum and floor tom

Dampening the suffering in the words

Washes of ambience drag behind the guitar strings

Reflecting the conflicts going on with old tones and fresh melodies

A mix of pain and optimism like piano keys

Echoing the drive in the bassline

The Speeding up and slowing down of time

Like bullet trains and syrup

The changes play on

Whales singing to each other across a great submerged distance

These points map out a path toward a song

Something more than a world of ideas

A world of actions

Generating a swarm of variations into a coda

Giving us purpose

Giving us a sense of balance ###



Mitchell Flanagan


Mitchell Flanagan is an artist, writer, and musician. His poems have appeared in the magazine The Chronogram in August of 2010 and December 2011. His work has previously appeared in Ariel Chart in April of 2020 and April of 2021. He's working on a collection of short stories, novels, and poetry books. He's hoping to put these works out soon. He also writes songs, plays bass, and sings with his band Cold Heaven who recently released new music and a new album called Unraveled. He lives and sleeps occasionally in Newburgh, New York. 


  1. real passion in this piece.

  2. The Speeding up and slowing down of time

    Like bullet trains and syrup" Excellent work. My favorite lines.

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