On the Road to Satori – Melancholia

1958 vw microbus by harrietsfriend


Melancholia

we heard
of a woodstockesque music-fest
playing in Austin

when we got there
the tickets had sold out
so we stood outside in the rain
the gray clay mud sticking to our boots

we took refuge
in Rodrigo’s Volkswagen bus
singing and playing on a borrowed guitar
I improvised in John Lee Hooker time
Jones on the harp in the key of blue
and Rodgrigo slapping the beat
on his jeans

“melancholia
… melancholia’s killing me”

Jones and I
wound up hitchhiking back
to San Antonio waiting for a ride
near a Church’s Fried Chicken

the counter guy yelled
through the take-out window
“hey you guy’s hungry?” and handed
us two cartons of chicken
“Happy Thanksgiving”

we had totally forgotten!
we just knew we were cold
wet and hungry—so thank you
Mr. Church’s Fried Chicken man
somewhere outside Austin may
you be repaid in triplicate
for your act of kindness
to two cold and lonely
strangers

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2 responses

    • Hi, Danicapiche. I reblogged his from a few years ago under my original blog …the bohemian. Your comments and Follow were always appreciated. I hope you get a chance to enjoy some of my newer stuff as Pablo Cuzco’s <em an American Haiku.

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