Ashtray Sonata

from by Cut Teeth



my boy was only just born, and he’s already bored
so he took my guitar and wandered off with my chords
through the downtrodden expanse, past the up-ended structures
“you can do the crow’s line dance, but can you circle like a vulture”
he may have been born well behind his time
but contentment’s not in tune with his contemporary mind
so his friends, they all balk at the futility of it all
and press the permanent marker to the bathroom stall

and he says:
“would you rather die with your eyes closed
or close your hands around this noise”

this love is a cockroach
lift the lid and spit in it for measure
“suburban scrawl is gospel”
tear the bandage off
nigh times, they did approach
dig until you a see a sign of pink skin
but the band played on and on
blow the houses down
high tide, it did roll in
dampening the distant hum of dischord
yet the band played their song

today it may be the ambulance, tomorrow it’s the bill
go renew that prescription - someday it may get filled
busy basking in the haze, stoned and popping sugar pills
plainsong was a passing phase, a bouquet of wire daffodils

I let the past lay
in the ashtray


from Night Years, released October 28, 2014



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