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the turnaround road

from by Diane Cluck

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cars' three-point turns
make pentagrams in the dirt
at the end of the road
where i sit in the morning
the weeks have been hazy
but something is changing
i watch the sun
convince the weakest cloud to let it through
it said "i would have gone crooked but for you"
there's a sticky orange vine here
and it grows over everything
i don't know what they call it
i call it darling creeper
i give names to the flora
and to the fauna
most descriptive of their character to me
and there's snakes i have been warned about
there's rattlers in this roundabout
they come in from the chaparral
they corral me on the gravel now
but i like it when i'm sitting
with things around me moving
it may look like i'm brooding
like i'm getting not much done
but oh, there is a cure here
the light is very pure here
i'm gathering my strength
like a consumptive in the sun
and i would have gone crooked but for you
but for you i would have gone crooked
but for you
oh i would have gone crooked but for you
but for you i would have gone crooked...
some zen artist left his red rock garden
in the turnaround road where i sit in the morning
it gets kicked around the cul-de-sac
by those who go and double back
as if there is no thoroughfare
in absence of a beaten track
and red ants are moving
with their sick and withered comrades
and they carry the bodies of the withered in their mouths
because it is no big deal
hey what else is there to do ?
the withered one is singin' to his friend
whose mouth is full with him / hymn
i would have gone crooked but for you
but for you i would have gone crooked
but for you
oh i would have gone crooked but for you
but for you i would have gone crooked
and i don't think i even knew
until now
hey i feel steady
and i feel good
light and emptied of last night's food
there's a mountain ahead and i'm ready to go
up from the edge of the turnaround road
cars' three-point turns
make mandalas in the dirt
at the end of the road
where i sit in the morning
the weeks have been hazy
but something is changing
i watch the sun
convince the smallest cloud to let it through
it says "i would have gone crooked but for you
i would have gone crooked
but for you"

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from Oh Vanille / ova nil, released March 1, 2004

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