Cheroots

(more than I deserve)

I’m waiting by the taxicab
I’m waiting for you to come out.
All the soldiers are lining the sides of the street
waiting on orders or for someone to shout

I’ll look at my wristwatch
and wish you would hurry
come out shrug your shoulders and say what the hell

but ships in the harbour are never on time
too much water holds them away
and we move like derelicts adrift in the fog
yeah, we’ll smash on shore one day

the soldiers are lining the sides of the road
waiting on pleasure and pain
So many people struggle to keep them aware
but end up in the same hole in the ground

I’m waiting by the taxicab
I’m waiting for you to come out
watching your window and smoking cheroots

The soldiers are desperately needing relief
and I’d help them to their corners if I could
’cause every soldier who gets killed in a war
is exactly the wrong one to kill

I know you’re more than I deserve


(Cheroots is available as a download from Bandcamp for 0 or more dollars)

It’s early morning here. The sun is not yet up. Or perhaps it will be a dark day.

My version of a love poem hints at the complexity of feeling, indicates how it pervades one’s life experience. There is no simplicity, no fixed point of meaning. There is always something beyond the edges of the painting.

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