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For my children, and for all those mothers and fathers who have collapsed in exhaustion at the end of the day and in the sleepy stillness felt they were blessed beyond measure.


you should watch your children as they sleep
eyes plunged down into the higher deep
there will be vows to make and vows to keep
in the still air of the room

when the evening’s protesting cries
have fallen all to lullabies
oh, I advise you stay awhile
before you tiptoe away

when the flash of anger has left those cheeks
and you trace the lines where the tears left streaks
and kiss the lids over eyes that seek
all their answers from you

memories are for them like they are for us
some loom like mountains, others blow away like dust
some lodge like splinters and others, like rust,
must be scraped off before you can shine

so sitting here by this bedside
fumbling for words to entreat the Divine
and render thanks for this blessed life
that has become the reason for mine…


from Where The Galleon Sank, track released February 10, 2017



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KOBO TOWN Toronto, Ontario

Founded by Trinidadian-Canadian Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born. Kobo Town takes the intricate wordplay of Caribbean music and runs it through a 21st Century filter. In the world of Kobo Town calypso, roots reggae, and acoustic instrumentation meet innovative production techniques, social commentary and indie rock attitude. ... more


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