Shadow

Take another pull on the glass and live a bit more loudly.
Tell them the story of falling down the side of Atwood,
With no one within twenty miles and surviving in spite,
Cold for anesthetic, crawling the first mile with no feel.

Better than eating oysters with the others and talking
About dead singers while the blondes blind one another,
Trying to sleep with every man who talks on his cell,
I swear you should hike them all there and leave them.

But you. You stumble into the back finding a couple
Copulating to Neil Young and fumbling with the door,
A shadow of the former lion, running scared now, sick
And tired of trying, dying, dying yes I said dying,

Lying to your soul, looking to the bowl, smoking life
Away for lack of effort, and here I still think you
A man, a lion, still want your hand in mine to live,
What fun we had then and tonight, but you slip and fall,

Mumbling damn it all, damn it all, and I lift you back
Dragging you to the bed and lay you down softly
Whispering to your dull head it’s alright babe, its
Alright. Wanting you to fight. Wanting you to.

Wanting you.

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Of course

I was all set to go and she came out to the truck.
Damn, she would always look like a cat anytime of day,
Long and lean, every muscle firing in sequence perfectly,
Lush, perfectly smooth, perfectly distant in her demeanor.

Her hair fell along the back like Angel Falls, except more brown,
And the down, the down on her soft legs was the reason I had
Not left years ago, when I had swore and swore at the top
Of my lungs as she just sat there with her head up serene.

You see what she does, without even me talking of her breasts,
Her lips, her full hips and the way she looked out of the shower.
What good does it do to tell of the way she lay in the sun
With sweat pooling in her abdomen listening to the Allmans

Dragging on a cigarette and looking at nothing as the rays
Turned her a golden color and the wind collected her hair.
No need to talk about the walk, the look, the touch of her
Hand upon mine from across a table at Mack’s over mussels.

She came out to the truck and I rolled down the goddamned
Window because you know how it is, when you are done
And you are really done, I mean really, really done,
You know how it is then, when the pictures start playing

Over in your head of the times, the places, the love
The deep night hours when she rolled towards you, her
Arm laying upon your side and you woke and made love
For an hour, no, more as the music played, then rose

With the moon, and smoked, listening to some dog
Bark in distant trees while it seemed no one rose
But you and her and her drink was vodka and yours
Scotch and the smoke curled into warm night air.

Of course I rolled down the goddamn window for her
Words, but she said nothing, just looked at me
And reached in and touched my face, trailing to
My lips, God I wanted to bite her in that moment.

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Late in the evening

Got to get myself together,
PULL myself up

Got to make myself stand again
Got to stop.

Blues is all I play
Blues is all I got.

Blues is just one way
Not the top.

Got to get myself together,
All right, all right

Going on a trip forever
Going tonight.

In between the riffs
In between the shit,

Blues is what is in between,
Blues is why i got to quit.

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Solitary Mockingbird on a Winter Branch

Winter

Still the air when snow becomes,
When flake on flake lays down
Upon the one below and comes,
Another then without a sound.

And crystal palaces lush,
Hold every creature cold,
Now thickened with the winter flush,
Embrace their lover’s quiet hold,

As silent white enduring,
Wakes natural interlude,
For lives we thought secure in,
To now reflect incertitude.

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Four Bodices

In Garcia Lorca’s poem, “The Unfaithful Wife”, the Spanish Revolution is seen through the eyes of a gypsy pistolero and his encounter with a woman of means trapped in a loveless marriage.

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Out beyond the brambles,
the hawthorns and the reeds,
beneath her mane of hair
I made a hollow in the sedge.
I took off my necktie.
She took off her dress.
I, my belt and pistol.
She, four bodices.

From, “The Unfaithful Wife” (from “The Gypsy Ballads”), Published 1928
Federico Garcia Lorca

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He:

The fourth means beauty captured,
As a caged bird for singing.

The third is reptition and routine,
The Taming of the Shrew.

The second the master’s whim.
An object of derision.

The first is tightly laced, firmly
Forming the breasts.

One, two, three and four.
So that she will understand
Her death.

She:

The one enhances my beauty.
I want him to want me.

The second gives to whims,
I then live comfortably.

The third keeps my promise,
However cold and lonely.

The fourth flashes desire,
For secret lover to see.

You are cruel to speak of death,
With pistols at your belt.

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We:

One.
Civil society,
Rules.

Two.
Hypocrisy rationalized,
Control.

Three.
Oh debauchery!
Libations fail us.

Four.
Killing the dead over.
Depravity.

“Revolution!” cries the piper.
Too late.
No one follows.

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To the stars return

The old man bent.
Brown skin of leather.
Old.

Except he was not old
By clicks measured in other
Times.

He would come and go,
He would sing aloud,
Slowly.

The old man knew many
Worlds of many suns
Fading.

He sang, “give me,
Give me, give me
Gently,

Give to me the river.
Kiss me, kiss me,
Kiss me,

Softly. Lift me
Finally to
The Giver.”

And the shadows
Gathered about his feet
Here,

And the worlds
Spun in his eyes
Forever.

Sitting in the night
Underneath moons
Singing.

We did not ask.
We did not need to
See.

Only the moon shone,
Only the moon
Old

Glowed white upon
Quiet old hand of
Man

He sang of going
Slowly, his voice
Fading.

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Playgrounds at dusk

Swing

“What are we trying to get at here?”

The cold edge of a sharp stick draws circles.
A low moan drags over the sky carrying witnesses.
One kid pushes another kid
On the long chain swing, squeaking
Each arc.

“The truth, I guess.”

Higher and higher the kid flies.
Lower and lower the sky boat glides.
Now the stick is jabbing holes.
It should be breaking,
But doesn’t.

“Yours. Or mine.”

All at once the cries of mother
Stop the swing,
Snap the stick,
Silence the sky.
She echoes.

“I think its the same.”

Leaving playgrounds at dusk
No one is happy,
If you’ve ever noticed
From near
Or far.

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