Tenderly, She Said

from by Jack of None



“Tenderly,” she said,
Like a thistle of blades and bonesBe
the breeze that sets me free

We can sing
Between strings and spaces
Empty whiskey glasses-breakingTill
you touch me
(Touch me)

Without you,
I’m a cat
In Hell
Without a cross
So crucify me-
(but tenderly)

We were cast
By the will of the wind
Paper cranes
Origami oceans
Be the blades
To the sheets
That fold
and fold
and bind me

Then touch me

Touch me

(but tenderly)


from Who Shot Bukowski, released July 28, 2017


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Jack of None Chicago, Illinois

JACK OF NONE is an experimental rock band comprised of siblings A.G. Syjuco (principal music composer on guitar, bass, synthesizers and programming), Maxine Syjuco (poet-songwriter and vocalist), and Julian Syjuco (session guitar).

The band has received critical acclaim for their forward-thinking approach to fusing electronically-charged experimental music with spoken word poetry.
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