Primal

by Everson Poe

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Scrying 02:03
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we set sail for home from these new lands for conquest is the only thing we know this vast expanse of deepest, darkest water the cost of our destruction waits below the leviathan brings only death taking vengeance for those we have wronged from the ocean's immeasurable depth it ascends with a deafening song the sky is as black as our hearts and the rain can not wash away sin to bring balance it will claim our souls was our callousness ever so bold? with a spear for each of our hands "take up arms, men" the captain commands "this beast will not take us so quick with its blood, the water runs thick!" we are lost at sea when we set out to explore, we never expected to find inhabited lands though the natives were kind, we exploited their ignorance and took all they had we thought they were savages, but the true savagery rose up from inside of us like bile we did unspeakable things…things no one should ever have to endure it was as if we were possessed by some force other than our own wills i don't expect this to reach you, nor to ever see you again, but please, consider this my sincerest apology we are lost at sea the leviathan brings only death taking vengeance for those we have wronged from the ocean's immeasurable depth it ascends with a deafening song the sky is as black as our hearts and the rain can not wash away sin to bring balance it will claim our souls was our callousness ever so bold? "take up arms, men" the captain commands a spear for each of our hands "this beast will not take us so quick it will drown in its blood!"
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Weightless 05:07
What I thought were wings have turned to stone and I am choking on this emerald heart chosen for its strength it is my weakness now pulling me down Everyone else is weightless but this water fills more than my lungs I sing below the surface and the salt stings my eyes this isn't the kind of flight I had intended I thought we would be kings together i thought we would be I thought that I should be an eagle When I looked up to the sky not this flightless pile of broken things everyone else is soaring but I can't open my wings
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Ø 03:11
she spied a structure in the distance an otherwise unnoticeable dot across miles of water with no bridge in sight she stepped into the water and allowed it to fill her lungs but drowning was not her destiny and she walked onward beneath the waves there is nothing i want to become her feet never failed to carry her forward a straight line from shore to destination embedded in the sand and washed away by the current her eyes fixed on the spot as it grew closer finally, the ground sloped upward and she emerged a small circle of sand that protruded above the water's surface in the center, floating above the ground was an emptiness she reached out a hand to touch it and disappeared there is nothing i want to become
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Coyote 08:45
watch for the coyotes on the edges of your vision periphery will lead you to their den the scent of freshest kill will leave you gasping, sides in stitches but you are so much stronger than you know cloak yourself in mud douse your fur in mange enter in the pact keep the wolves at bay feel the transformation come like thunder through your veins rumble from the darkest depths within frothing at the mouth, the bloodlust builds, you will give in murderous intentions all you crave slip out of your skin in the moonlight bathe become one of the pack to be clean to be saved but i didn't know how much darkness was inside you
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Lamb 02:46
when you let my blood spill on this stone slab what are you really sacrificing? am i the one who is destined to suffer or will your actions bring unrelenting torment? i am rebirth and you are destruction i am the lamb and you are the vermin i am the truth and you are deception i am the lamb and you are just human
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Wolf 08:47
i am the wolf i am the beast i am the scourge of man i am the killer i’m the plague and i will have revenge i am the last of my breed my home was long ago destroyed i am the storm i’m the eye i am the calmness of death when you hear me my wrath will know no bounds when you feel me bite there will be no sound when you see me your heart will be in my teeth when you taste it, you’ll know bitter defeat i am the wolf i am the beast i am the scourge of man i am the killer i’m the plague and i have found revenge i am the last of my breed my home was long ago destroyed i am the storm i’m the eye i am the calmness of death when you hear me my wrath will know no bounds when you feel me bite there will be no sound when you see me your heart will be in my teeth when you taste it, you’ll know bitter defeat i am alone because of you no family throne, no bloodline all by your hand, they fell, one by one and with their bones, you built an empire a hunter was born in the midst of all the slaughter i am the huntress i am the daughter your empire will burn i’ll set your bloodline on fire
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Snake 08:50
you can not possibly know how it feels to be trapped in this body bone and muscle not my own one day i will shed this skin and be reborn slithering lithely across the sand leaving a trail for my nightly ghosts to follow begging an audience with my past promises echoing, empty and hollow take me with you, that i might see languid, lurid, sinful deeds no faith in anything don’t trust in me simmering slowly, a bubbling rage ready to burst at the seams, itching for violence the intimacy of the blood, the kiss, the kill with no thought of consequence ravenous, poisonous, i, hidden below strike with precision venomous, poisonous, they, hidden within make the excision take me with you, that i might see languid, lurid, sinful deeds no faith in anything don’t trust in me [the blood, the blood, it’s in my blood] flesh, bone, stone spit, sweat, come tooth, nail, horn be reborn i am the doubt that resides in your eyes i am the mercy that keeps you alive i am the worm at the core of your heart i am the demon that waits in the dark i am the past that you wish to dispose i am the song that you can not compose i am the fist when you take the abuse i am the gallows, i am the noose one day i will shed this weathered skin one day i will be made new within the blood, the blood, it’s in my blood
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Fox 05:38
dig your fingers deep into the earth you will become the soil nurturing the life that grows within buried in your tomb, you will not want you will not need the light darkness guards you, hides you from our foes in your dreamless sleep, it has begun but you won’t feel a thing worry not about the sting of pain giving up is just like breathing water let it fill your lungs give in give in give in give in chaos reigns on this earth we will wait for rebirth drown in all your dreams thoughts possessed by fear buried in your mind the key becomes so clear an army has amassed assembled by my hand poised to rise and fight we shall reclaim this land we are the children of the earth/soil we grow, we feed, we mate, we die we are the guardians of time we grow, we feed, we mate, we die we can not be stopped
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Mother 04:32
i have seen death within my dreams his face is ghostly white and he is of extensive means he rides a horse of purest black frothing at the mouth it carries him to hell and back war and famine by his side and pestilence is never very far behind i know this is the end my forests will all burn the seas will boil over to ash the air will turn panic and death will grip the people of the earth but they’ve brought this upon themselves and what was it all worth? the price of violence, of greed, and of deceit? the weight of all this suffering, of never finding peace? and these four horsemen who bring about such ills shall drink the blood of innocence and not a drop shall spill i am the mother of fallen angels my children spoken of in fifty thousand fables i am the mother of weeping strangers abandoned by the world in fear of silent danger i am the mother of the faithless i watch my children fall to those who are nameless and they will watch this planet burn and we will get what we deserve
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Seed 09:17
take me to your nest of brambled branches the thistle will caress my weathered skin slowly falling as i enter petals blooming from within take me to your nest of brambled branches honeysuckle sweetness draws me in the sinews that surround me that hold my heavy heart the aching that encapsulates my need to be a part of you i will pledge my fealty if you will be my queen i will break the cycle if you will keep me clean the forest that surrounds us protects us from the dark the water that brings life to term will nourish us as we embark i will pledge my fealty if you will be my queen i will break the cycle if you will keep me clean we can build this together honeycomb in the hive we can build this together from a seedling grows life the water will rise up and drown us in splendor the trees will breathe the forest cradles the seed the bees will fly the forest brings forth new life cover me in honey let me catch the flies petals from your sweetest flower cover up my eyes wrap me in your branches wrap me in your leaves bury me beneath the ground where i’ll become the seed

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released April 1, 2014

everson poe is mae shults and norine mcgrath.

all songs written, performed, produced, recorded, & mixed
by mae shults, except as noted.

mae - music, words, voice, & vision
norine - voice, words, & vision

alicia corrigeux gaines - artwork & handwriting
daniel walker caffrey - gang vocals, invaluable advice
jl hirten - bird photo, constant inspiration
supplemental design by mae

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Everson Poe Chicago, Illinois

Everson Poe is Mae Shults: a trans, queer, multi-instrumentalist from Chicago. Often in collaboration with various vocalists, she balances elements from many diverse genres while maintaining the goal of merging beauty with loudness. She has been releasing music for over a decade, and has been signed to Trepanation Recordings since 2020.

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