Leaning into the Afternoons

It Is What It Is (What It Is)

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It Is What It Is (What It Is)
Birmingham, 2005

Dark drive down the I at 75
I am destitute and stranded
Sense to be made, I am afraid
I need to understand it
Ask a stupid question
Might get a sideways quote
The reasonable would demand it
It is what it is (what it is)

Thirty years old
Naked and cold
A child without a mission
There always is a deadline
And that’s fine
Follow the tradition
The audience is baited
We’ve got ‘em by the throat
Always surgical precision
It is what it is (what it is)

What is it?
What kind?
What type?
What brand?
What influenced its origin?
Well, five in a room
Alive but unmoved
The fear of doing nothing
A foolish apparition
A donkey in a zebra’s coat
All I know is what I say
This one thing
It is what it is (what it is)

It is what it is (what it is)