Rod & Boots photographed by Christian Tabor
February 13, 2013
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A Thought for Today
Don't destroy your newfound joy by eating
it all up too soon.
OF SONGS AND CITIES
I live beyond
of my own self sometimes,
Beyond the days that chased
Me down the summer beach.
Closer to the night but not a
part of it. Some days I am
moved by others and the dates,
schedules they set for me rather
than my own timepiece.
I have always been a driven man.
The difference now is that I am
more a passenger instead of he
who turns the wheel and drives.
My battered sneakers have
carried me down streets I may
never walk again, through towns
I do not remember. I've kicked
my tennies under beds in musty
rooms and worn them down on
gravel of a castle courtyard
Coming off a stage one night
I heard a lady whisper to her
friend: He's making money now,
surely he can afford a better style
of shoe. Ah, but that's the thing -
money's earned for comfort's sake.
With so much newness traipsing
through my life comfort comes
from old things. The familiar. The
ordinary. Asked for wisdom I reply
any message woven in the texture
of my poems and my songs – plain
though they may be – was not
intended except for selfish me.
What I do and give away is made
with love there isn't any other way,
and if I knew another route I would
not use it. Believe that, for the only
lies I tell are to myself.
- from "Love's Been Good
To Me," 1978. Major revisions 11/1/2009
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