I Don't Want to be Your Man

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: October 08, 2018

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I don't want to be your man
that isn't how
it works with you

it's never been about
being lovers
at least not like that

I want to be a weightless thought
that lives inside the hollow part
of the wooden guitar
you drag around
or the air
that hears the wounded words
spilling out for the first time
when you find that honest place
all alone and by yourself
singing

I want to be there
when your art happens
before the stage gets it all

I just listened to your new album
for the first time
it's over a year old now

it took me until this morning
but it was just too hard to lower the needle
I wasn't ready
the gods know I've tried
I know you'll understand

almost always
it takes me too much time
to come around
but just enough time
to hang on

I'll cut a cord of wood before noon
you'll be somewhere in the Smokey Mountains
sleeping on a tour bus
and all I can think of
is fields of wheat
as far as the eye can see

"keep your boots loose
and don't let them cities spoil you"
that's the best I could squeeze out
like I'm being left behind
to tend the farm
stupid and
totally mute after that

somewhere between you
and here and the moon
I'll keep trying to find the words
intent on finding yours

this is already
a song
somehow


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