• Life


    youve got smoke in your soul
    right down to the core
    a pouring rain night
    and a busted crack pipe at the foot of your bed

    i quiver like a sack full of coins
    on the edge of a ledge in mississippi
    i bought you a diamond necklace
    down by the bayou

    we sold it for a pittance
    for the music in our soul was on display
    in the dusky bars on the shore
    we got our high

    adored no more
    for the broken undesirable children
    all playing cards in the alley behind the hospital
    in baton rouge

    all the waters lead to crocodiles
    and its been so long since weve been home
    just traveling on abuse
    on the blood of stones

    and your thin smile is all that lights our way
    mine eyes are cracked and slowly driftin away
    no way to stop the pain from stumblin through
    these doors of loss and forlorns

    like a rose petal highway
    we pick up the trash and tie
    a yellow sash around an old mans chest
    his heart isnt quite as black as his words might suggest

    its all or nothing out here on the road
    where minstrels ply their trade in exchange for fake gold
    just another pair of strangers with love in their hands
    just another pair of strangers with nothing but plans

    blue jeans painted on my starvin ass
    two more bodies bound to the deck and the lash
    this time im coming through
    this time, i swear im comin true

    for you, you spent your years dreaming
    with stars in your eyes
    you spent your years thinking
    id lead you through skies

    over the dust and the dirt and the stain
    but somewhere, somewhere we lost our way
    but i swear to you
    ill make it okay

    someday soon
    ill lead you down that aisle
    roses in hand, veiled like the bride
    of someone grand

    askin for handouts and takeouts
    to steal on this road of dreams
    its so harsh and real
    under bridges and ships and on the decks of pianos

    we lost better things
    things granted and given so freely
    so early, like geese in flight we dropped them swiftly
    just eagles on the byway over the mice in the cities

    we stole a few emotions
    and we gave up decisions
    im crying for something to take me home
    im dying for dreams to show me the road

    that im still breathing and leaning on your shoulder
    that youre still thinking, someday, this might be over
    for cloud picket fences and for over wrought lawns
    for the wishes of ages to be the morning and gone

    im wondering if ever the light might shine
    through the tarpit of despair weve both sunken into
    as cancer erodes and as years implode
    our love is forever, im with you right here

    like the scenery dont matter
    like god might appear
    and im sitting by your standing corpse
    on planks of oak and boards of loss 

    my eyes as dry as the day you died
    my hands as empty as the road ahead
    just smoke filled nights
    full of dreams and dread

    somewhere we lost our way
    but i swear to you ill make it okay
    someday soon ill meet you in that aisle
    ready to while away the hours

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    eddie14 commented on Minstrel


    Again i read this poem and Wow i got it Im an old meth moster i do alot of N.A. It help But now GOD is my strengh. I love this poem thank you..

    purdylox commented on Minstrel


    I really love this, love held on in all the bad, its beautifully sad.

    Forestbird commented on Minstrel


    Sad and beautiful life story. I did not expect it will ends this way

    sk8erpoet commented on Minstrel


    awesome poem...there is so much emotion that it makes you feel the poem instead of read it...thats a great thing for a poem...i love it...great write....ten from me...sk8

    Milkman commented on Minstrel


    reprise of "Me and Bobby Macgee" right down to the blue jeans

    Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

    Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

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