Angelo – The Tower of Babel

I direct my gaze high into the sky, remove the chains that bind me
and open the door.
I won’t give up until I feel that empty sky, still just out of sight,
with these hands.

it pierces right through my skin, a helix of destruction
that changes everything
in order to survive, a new breed is born,
that separates me from the past

the sound as it crumbles
the end result of lust with no outlet

hair streaming in the wind, spraying your poison about
the sins begin to pile up
trading the sadness that breaks your heart for the purpose behind your vows.
in the corroding darkness, it was like I couldn’t see anything
it was as if even the faintly blurring memory never existed at all.

deep in those black eyes, the fading light shows me wings
in that empty sky, still just out of sight,
I sought the future.

carried up and away on the wind
the end result of lust from which there is no escape

hair streaming in the wind, spraying your poison about
the sins begin to pile up
trading the sadness that breaks your heart for the purpose behind your vows.
in the corroding darkness, it was like I couldn’t see anything
it was as if even the faintly blurring memory never existed at all.

I evolve and bring with me thoughts that connect through the ages

I stand there in the scenery that vanishes like an illusion unable to do anything
forever speaking to you, who has forgotten even how to smile
in the ruins that obscure the view, I see you there and nothing else
even if we’ve angered the heavens, our impulse remains, provoking the ire.

Translated By: Briana & Takako Stewart

Angelo – Feather

white feathers fall through the air
caught in a rain that rewrites even the future
blending together with the tears
nowhere left to run, a sad face looks on.

the more you hunger for the future you fantasize about
the farther away it gets
your mind to be shut by the cold wind
that blows through the recesses of your heart

when you look up, floating there without fail, is the sun that will one day burn us all up
please guide the feelings that we’ve held for an eternity.

the red string of fate pulled taut, caught in a rain that robs you of even your hope
you’ve followed that string to its end over and over again,
but every time you catch the end, you lose it. And still you long for it.

the closer you get to the end you fantasize about,
the farther away it gets
the fever of your pulse rising in the recesses of your heart, makes up your mind

when you look up, floating there without fail, is the sun that will one day burn us all up
please guide the feelings that we’ve held for an eternity.

and yet still, one far off distant day, we’ll tire of this and die off
like we forsake the throngs of people that once believed in the infinite.

when you look up, floating there without fail, is the sun that will one day burn us all up
please guide the feelings that we’ve held for an eternity.
when you look up, floating there impermanently, is the sun that sees all
please guide the feelings, that continue to gush forth without end

Translated By: Briana & Takako Stewart

The Dog of the Day… of Infamy

世界の向こう側の どんな惨劇も
モニター越しの悲劇 そんなこの世の終わり

Atrocities on the other side of the world
are just sad little tragedies through our screens,
such an end of the world

These words are lyrics from a PIERROT song called REBIRTH DAY and they perfectly sum up the bizarre feelings I had while watching America suffer due to the events of September 11th, 2001. I wasn’t in the United States when the attacks on the Twin Towers went down. At that time, I was teaching English in Japan. I didn’t even hear about the attacks until Joe Holley sent me an email. I remember turning on the TV and of course that first image of one flaming tower was striking but as soon as we learned a second plane had hit… well,

terror accomplished.

My first instinct was one of preservation. I’m from the east coast and my family were living in New England at the time, so I feared for their safety. I felt so helpless viewing it all from the opposite side of the globe. Once it became clear that the attacks were over and that my family was safe. There was an eerie calm.

I didn’t know how to feel and I wanted someone to tell me desperately.

[But wait, there’s more!]