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Spoon Jackson

Heart of the High Desert


Stretched out here on this bunk
my mind drifts and dreams
within itself
searching for a poem

Ocean winds,
gentle breezes
find their way through the bars.
Through the bars
a sparrow sings
and its mellifluous melody
is all about love

Ninety degrees hotter
Id be warm

The wildflower takes its
first breath of air
after a generous rainfall

I grew up in the Mojave
in a small town
in the heart of the high desert.
The only place Id been
till they brought me here.
Id stand on Crocks Street
and look at the mountains that surrounded me.
They appeared to be the whole world.
How naive was I.

I was nineteen when I got busted
That same day
Id signed up for the Marines.
Wanted to see the world

They kept me in a cell
on the corner
off to myself.
The City Jails across from the high school
and I couldnt see
but I heard the sounds of the games
those football games Id gone to
my whole life in that town

My nephew wrote me a letter
first time in the ten years Ive been here.
He wrote he remembers
I taught him to drive,
to whistle.
He remembers us washing my car.
He wrote: Dear Uncle Stanley.

Stinging memories that had been lost.
Sadness of the heart.
Frowns of the face.

Every wrinkle on my face
is but a harbinger
of joy fighting
to overtake the sadness
of the heart

Aus: Spoon Jackson: Longer Ago. 2010 (Lulu)

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