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This poem was largely derived from some automatic writing upon waking from a semi-recurring dream about the house I spent much of my childhood in, on the South East coast of Great Britain. Of course you can't count TO 100 backwards, only from. Dreamlogic doesn't mind the contradiction. Also it recalls the drowsy trance of chloroform...


Yes there are so many ghosts
Too many footsteps
Why can't I go back there?
I'm starting to feel small again
I want to sleep now

Count to 100 backwards

Yes there are so many dolls
of wood and leather
Waiting waiting
Til it's dark outside
I'm sure that I've seen them
Dancing on the windowsill

Count to 100 backwards

it's going to be so strange waking up here it may be raining
and they'll all be here
we'll be back like before before everything broke
there'll be cakes and kisses
at precisely 4:30

Count to 100 backwards
Count to 100 backwards


from Aether, San Francisco 1994​-​1997, released June 30, 1998




Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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