Miller's Pond

from by Jordan O'Jordan

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We walked out of the woods,
Headed toward Miller’s Pond.
Through my sun-dazzled eyes,
I thought I spied a swan.
But, when I looked again,
I realized it was you,
Sitting there in the sun,
In your new bathing suit.

Now, was it I? Was it I,
Who did sharpen these words?
Was it I, was it I
Wielding these sentence-swords?
And if it wasn’t me,
Where did these things come from?
Etched inside of my mouth,
By my acid-bath tongue.

So, look away! Look away!
Land of Manners and Rules!
I don’t want you to see,
Your son acting so cruel.
I don’t want you to hear,
All these harsh words out loud.
We’re both keenly aware,
I ain’t doing you proud.

But, it’s not like you died,
For some heartbreak untold,
And washed up, pure and clean,
On the side of this lake.

And it’s not like some guy,
Who was walkin’ this road,
Saw your gorgeous remains,
Fell in love, and then took

All your prettiest parts,
To make some violin,
Both sincere and macabre
(though, he did a great job)

Through those heart-breaking means,
Come some heart-wrenching ends.
Through those heart-breaking means,
Come some heart-wrenching ends.
In that hot, driving rain.
In that sweet, dreadful wind.


from Through Tough Thoughts, released August 19, 2016



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These are the sounds that we use to woo water. Issuing forth from some human or other (i.e. Hydrogen bonding; banjo- and heart-strings).

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