5/29/01

AMERarcaneA

To hold the key is to miss the point
In a space so vast there are many ways in
(just ask the border patrol)
Language splinters like dry wood
Along dirt roads and marble facades

A violin speaks in Symphony Hall
And in the bayous of Louisiana
A guitar crushes people back in a concrete hockey rink
And shares quiet love on a Mississippi evening
A drum can count cadence across a football field,
Sweat on a stoop in Spanish Harlem
Or complete a circle in Idaho
A voice…well, there are thousands…

Sharing sorrow and spreading joy
Fighting injustice and begging for sex
Sometimes serious, sometimes just singing along
With the catchy mindless tune that is America
For this moment in time

This place can sort of be explained it that it’s just like having a pet sit on the remote control for a TV set and the dozens of stations fly by in a loop making a strange collage of noise and humanity with too much information and not enough heart and then the cat stands up
And the TV stops on one channel

And it’s like the voice of God
With his hand against your chest telling you
It’s not that big, it’s not that hard, just stop talking and
Listen to your heart…

AMERarcaneA