Maybe I Should Stick to Prose: Numero Tres

18 Jan

At the time I wrote this I was listening to a lot of Bob Dylan, just so you know, the Bootleg Series in particular. And when I got to his Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie my mind started rolling and I had to write it all down. Keep in mind that this is meant to be read aloud. So, I hope you enjoy this rant of mine.

Moon on a String

The light slides by your window
as you taste the blood on your lip
from chewin’ so hard;
and you don’t know what to do,
and you don’t know what to say,
so you laugh to take all of that pain away;
to let out some heat,
to put off some steam;
but in the end you’re back to the beginning,
as you swallow your heart and hold up a smile
painted on the back of your hand;
as your hands grip the wheel
twisting and turning,
with those salted tears that can’t help
running and dripping
while you’re on the lookout
for the moon in the sky;
but you can’t find it waiting
and you think it’s runnin’ faster
than your legs will carry
a soul so tired
of the sights and the sounds,
and the smells so rancid
they’ll bring you to your knees;
and it’s enough to make you dizzy,
to close those eyes
and pound that head;
and only his could stir you to think
that maybe it’s just hiding,
that maybe it’ll be out soon,
that maybe if you stand still
the moon’ll come down
and let you tie a string
‘round the end
so you have something
to let go of and watch
drift back towards the stars.


One Response to “Maybe I Should Stick to Prose: Numero Tres”

  1. theothergardener January 18, 2010 at 8:28 PM #

    “and hold up a smile painted on the back of your hand” is a wonderful line. My favorite Dylan writing comes from “Blood on the Tracks,” especially “Idiot Wind” which is filled with striking, instantaneous images like “smoke pouring out of a boxcar door.” He can tell whole stories in flashes.

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