Here in the mountains where the birds shiver
And across the lake a woman beats a rock
With an oar and clouds rear up like horses
I take pleasure in the absurd life inside us.
I remember you lived on “big ditch road”
A homely name–O home sweet home–
Let’s climb down into the hole of domesticity,
Women and children first, books and dishes,
Maybe a set of knives and a radio.
I want to be a liaison of sorts to the court of things,
A poet’s job, sorting the leftovers,
Making the emptiness sing.
I don’t know how to say goodbye
But I can play my harmonica in the dirty places
Like any man inside a man.