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Are You There Anymore

from The Big Shitty by Paul Curreri

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It was late and cool, and I was shirtless on the porch in the streetlamp
Another day done, the sleepyheads eating my wake
My smoke on the breeze was like a hobo hopping onto a new leaf
And I, just as light reached down
Put the tip of my yellow-stained finger on the ground
And set to spinning the blue world round
Like a globetrotting rascal

May the moon the lit the life in others
Have compassion on me
I can hear you in everything if I can hear you in anything
Am I one of the free?

Are you there anymore?

It's less often tha not a married man sits and fishes like this
His wife asleep in her ball in the bed in a dream, unkissed
I was lucky enough to marry a halfling - part ain't, part is
A woman who will sing or she won't for no reason
Talking about her now is making me question my decision
To be out here alone with such an iffy ambition
To balance an egg on a needle

May the sun light us to love each other
Ever passionately
I can see love in everything if I can see it in anything
And do it diligently

Are you there anymore?

The neighbour boy was crying, I opened my head by my ears
I dug past the recent, and fumbled round 'til I found Pete Seeger
I was never fond of his music, but the kids who were are better people
No magic of the evening was lifted
No explorer's lost diary was suddenly unwritten
I simply walked through the dark house to my bed and set to drifting
Toward the next new verse of the song

May the wind that rolls through these opened windows
Carry sounds of the seaside
Barefooted everythings, air-cooled anythings
Over my wife and I

Are you there anymore?


from The Big Shitty, released October 31, 2011


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