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After the Show

from The Ghosts Beneath Our Feet by Nora Nygard



easy and easing as an ember as
Spirits held me, the ground turned red
whistle in the dark as I cross the dunes
make yourself big so they’re scared of you

the light sitting soft in the dust
quivering its hello like a ghost
cold clouds in the Dakota distance
this place will be alright without us

the siren pulls in the driveway
my hormones are exploding
turn up the stereo til I’m back
to where I was before the morning
ripping adam’s apples
from me & my siblings’ throats
dropping them in a pool of chocolate
to see if they would float
to make present the whole world
to have done nothing no longer trust
I walk by the light of Saturn
in the dirt in the dawn I woke up

deleuze and guattari
critter and guatari
when I leave my note it say
sorry not sorry

every day, more and more
I’ve never seen those eyes before

I wasn’t a cool dude
I never bought blue food
missed a lotta nutrients
got a depressed mood

shit kid, look what ya did
mixed up the height and the width
now the moon sets backwards
my ma called me a bastard

all my favorite singers couldn’t live
is that the end to this
look at my face
tell me I’m shallow
I built my own duct tape
the river hung there
with windswept hair

I’m crossing over into your mind
you don’t wanna know what it’s like
I’ll see ya on the flipside
when we’ve all been dead and lived again
and dead, and lived, and died

a warm night
we all fly
an orange glow
above us waving

does your Sky
mirror mine?
our homes bleached
and vacant

I’ll make sure to write
all the time
and I’ll try to stay
on top of the changes

once in a life
wolves pass you by
Earth unfolds
through all of her ages

I don’t want
to say goodbye
but honestly
it doesn’t make any difference

the chances are good
that’s exactly where you stood
those were the best days
but now I’m headed west

I don’t want this
to be the end
an orange glow
upon the pavement

if there’s something I forgot
call me up and let me know
if there’s something I can do
hunt me down after the show

if there’s something I forgot
hit me up and then we’ll go
and if there’s something I can do
you know I’d do anything for you

wading and straying between
I climb high upon the tree
the branches hold me free
I never wanna leave


from The Ghosts Beneath Our Feet, released November 4, 2022


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Nora Nygard Saint Paul, Minnesota

I've always been searching. Drumming in punk bands. Singing into a cassette mic alone. Trans angst, alienation, going on the road. Synthesis, tape, poetry. Two failed tours, two failed degrees. Reclaiming my voice from the choir, reshaping my voice after punk rock. Years of isolation, hormone therapy, production studies, and hundreds of releases with various projects. ... more

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