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April 5, 2010

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author : Michael V Cowan

AND JANIS SINGS OF A LOVE LEFT ALONE

the hum of those urban frolickers
fades as i pass over the hills
and through the woods to my own home.
Janis says, “Well, the fevers of the night, they burn an unloved woman.
Yeah, those red-hot flames try to push old love aside.”
And I let my mind fly away as my hands hold
the wheel and I’m left with her words and melancholy
rasp to bounce around in the corners of my mind.
The thoughts begin to fly, they scatter – like hornets, they break ranks
and have soon lighted upon love.  And love only.
Love that won’t let me sleep, it won’t let me eat.
Love that peels the fleshy skin away from a heart
so that the slightest breeze pricks it into pieces.
It’s what put the blue in bluegrass and the rut in truth.
Love is a mountain, Janis.  It’s peak tucked neatly away
in the clouds.  Still we climb.  We all climb.  Each of us, climbers
some with ropes, others without shoes, some with scrapes
while others fall blindly to their death.
Upwards we wander through breaks in the misty shroud.
And when the sun falls, and the moon shows her
sweet face, we feel our way up the muddy slopes,
using the bodies of those who’ve tried before us
as stepping stones.  Morning will break again, soon enough.
No need to look back at those we’ve walked on
through the night.  No, that wouldn’t do, Janis.
That wouldn’t do at all.  So Janis sings,
“Half moon, night time sky,
Seven stars, heaven’s eyes.
Seven songs on seven seas
Just to bring all your sweet love home to me.”
That’s right honey, as I wind through this darkened road,
I am bringing all this sweet love, home to  you.
Home.  Where love meets fear.
Home.  It’s here.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. April 6, 2010 12:50 pm

    thanks for posting this fp.

    😉

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