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Pray the troubadour:


She dropped a coin into the cup of a blind man at the gate.


She was the one shot Jesse James


Chester, you know I’m a peaceful man.

And this, 
All this, 
Despite.
I rode paint into that onion town.

Hers is that bought-on-credit, high-shelf of a laugh,

Hers the stole-from-the-traces smile
Keeps her company the red-stained jerked-beef
Fingers her stained Red Man, long cut

Dude, you know, you’re her spit-cup.


She took her meat at yell.

She took her chocolate impure.

Hers are farrier’s hands
Her toolbag emptied of all hammers
She’s undone a generation of work with a prybar and a smoke.

Only she slows down for, 

in the presence of which she takes the inhale, 
the hummingbirds, 
them rising like jesus against texas, two-ought-nine


Watch the birdie
” 
she says, laughs 

boo
” 
then 

bees
” 
then the hide behind her the dragonflies, 
the eating of her young forever amber in that tobacco dung.

That very same afternoon was the licking of tattoos
the kissing of scars
the knives’ bevel edge 
the dolphin’s slickened side 
the pain the kissing the trust the come the go like smoke.

She come crashing through every mesquite tree,

crushing them crabapples, 
punching every horse in its head.

She stole through that desert, 

dismayed at gourds,
at the no-sage,
at the lack of new coyotes to kill
at her pocketful of shells.

That misfit she, 

Stole his pearl-button shirts
That misfit she,
Buttoned to the very top.  

The bees they follow her about the chickens, 

That goat is king of the mountain,
And like her,
Eats whatsoever he pleases.

She told me one day in the afternoon rain, 

the quit from work, 
the fucking in the attic heat: 

It’s only a chicken I killed that I’ll eat.


In those early brave days I told her. 


I told her:


I like to get some sleep before I travel.  

I prefer my women narrow-waisted.

” 
She revealed wasps on her lips:

You don’t begin to know what it is you want.
”  

And yet, 

shelter took its many forms, 
and as wore the troubadour, 
it came with a crown of thorns.

Photo the first

Cried the troubadour:  

If I could only turn back the clock to when God and her were born. 
Come in
” 
she said 

I’ll give you shelter from the storm.
”  
This shelter,
This shelter,
Remember from her the attic the swelter,
The pelts the grasses the ticks the chickens broke-dick?

Photo the second


I’ve heard newborn babies wailing like a mourning dove
” 
And, in her recurring dream:

Bless, 
curse, 
bless 
these my children, and them unto the flood.


She’s the one stripped lilacs for his fallen body,

him dead in the dooryard.

Pointed her hips at me like guns, said 


Barren by choice.  I shall paint as if for war.

Citizens pointed, 

there be belly under that dread.


… my womb shall be as your sun-emptied gourd.


Photo the third

Gone looking for a blood trail among crow’s feet, 
the flash the bang them tornado eyes

You’re like looking at a sidewinder knows you’ve arisen only to die.


Hers are mercies stillborn in the breech.


From the troubadour, back from the wars, 

among those in sun dresses and blonde tresses:

I offered up my innocence and got repaid with scorn 
Come in” 
she said 
“I’ll give you shelter from the storm.

The serpent risen only to die, got looked straight in the eye.

Photo the fourth

Hummed the troubadour:  

… she opened up a book of poems; 
And handed it to me; 
Written by an Italian poet; 
From the thirteenth century; 
And every one of them words rang true; 

Whispered she, water moccasin to me: 

It’s time for you to go.


Photo the fifth

Recalls the troubadour, upon first her standing in water:

Suddenly I turned around and she was standing there; 
With silver bracelets on her wrists and flowers in her hair; 
She walked up to me so gracefully and took my crown of thorns

Come in
” 
she said 

I’ll give you shelter from the storm.

These the spent cartridges of promises.


Man, that girl is your father’s bolt-action rifle.


She come across a flower child, 

still got the stink of the corn hay in her hair.

Walking the path to that mountain lake, 


I cannot understand my god

And for the first time my god, 
my orphaned god, born of barren loins,
arose, 
told me 

you’ve looked at the sun … 
the damage is already done.


One un-guard moment, she said to me


it’s not so much what i need, 
it’s what i want from you.


There’d be a lifetime in the room, 

and a man would still never know, 
only the burn come out them tornado eyes.

Photo the sixth

She spoke 
of alliances, 
of scars given,
of scars accepted with kisses thereupon, 
of alliances with leaders of revolutions, 
of songs had with wheeling troubadours.

She gave a viper’s shelter to the one, 

to that crazed of a horse,
and they died under the same pained, tanned, painted leather, 
only to rise again,
at the voices outside of men with bad teeth,
a bowie knife, she swung that dog like a buttstock.

Asked the troubadour


A perfect and complete orphan?


Photo the seventh

Crawfish John said, 

Man I watched her standing there,  looking over the delta mud, man like she won it in a card game.
And hers the Missisippi, watching them delta men come barter their souls to the devil.


Troubador sang, 


You know, you’ll kill yourself for recognition
” 

You’ll break every mirror, cross every coal.


It would seem likely, the ground beneath me shall fall away.


Photo the eighth


I saw her, man.  
She got a confession out of that knee-walkin’ priest.
”  
She robbed him of his god.  
Left him unrobed, empty-handed,  
his rosary at his ankles,  
took her hatchet to his herd.


That serpent didn’t even get to die, she bit off its head.



That girl’s a river of want in a desert of need, 
run far, run fast, 
never mind the burrs.


Worse, 

worse,
worse than a horse.

You’ll do well

You’ll be second best, 
You’ll get left headless, 
like the rest.


This is permanent
” 
said she.

credits: 

dylan, 
the band, 
m sweet, 
radiohead

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