Monday, June 5, 2017

For No Good Reason

This is another one of those recently read poems that I really like and want to keep track of - by Twyla Hansen.

"As if you needed one,
as if you could help it,
for no good reason
a tune out of nowhere
pops into your head
when you least expect,
riffs effortlessly in the
folds of your cerebrum --

your own private jukebox,
your personal music device
on random minus the earbuds --
drumming itself up to keep
you company: here, a little
Janis Joplin while you vacuum
cat hair; there, a John Denver line
as you peel potatoes at the sink.

How can others not hear it,
this frequent odd gift?
Sometimes you forget
and blurt the words to the chorus,
which, after all, is all you can remember,
those take me home, country roads,
that feelin' good was good enough
for me, even conjuring

the gas station in Colorado
back where you, wearing
those bell bottoms and that
paisley, were about to fill a tank
of freedom into the blue VW bug
when Carole King belted out
and it's too late baby, now it's too late
though we really did try to make it
and you couldn't move, couldn't
quit sobbing to the steering wheel
that would not console those blues
or say what you had left to lose,
wouldn't question why in hell
you were going down that road
where for no good reason
you seemed to be heading."

Part of the reason I like this poem so much is precisely because I do have my own personal music device which randomly pops tunes into my head. And, doesn't reading the poem put you smack dab back into the 70's? It does me.

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