Let Me Go – Ilana Charnelle

From the collaborative live art project, Tensions: Curated Work (2015)

After ‘Gone Bird’ by Natesha Somasundaram

 

Home, where the start is

The beginning, not the destination

We laid out roots in

But never grew them

We’d rather try escaping

 

Growing, unfurling

Story after story watered by their learning

Shaping, hoping for more, for more

 

I have tried to stay

And I have tried to lead the way but

If you love me, you love me

You’ll let me go

And I have held my tongue

But I want to be someone so

If you love me, you love me

You’ll let me go

You’ll let me go

 

Like blue against the night sky

You don’t ask why, you just follow

Knots of obligation, tangled patience, you just swallow

 

Growing, unfurling

Story after story watered by their learning

Shaping, hoping for more

For more

 

I have tried to stay

And I have tried to lead the way but

If you love me, you love me

You’ll let me go

And I have held my tongue

But I want to be someone so

If you love me, you love me

You’ll let me go

You’ll let me go

 

Home, where the start is

The beginning not the destination

We laid our roots in but never grew them

 

I have tried to stay

And I have tried to lead the way but

If you love me, you love me

You’ll let me go

And I have held my tongue

But I want to be someone so

If you love me, you love me

You’ll let me go

You’ll let me go

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