Memory Bird

My memory bird, when I’m walled up alone,
summons a song of a house of grey stone,
a bus and a tree and a feeling of free,
soap wrapped in white paper- granddaddy’s cologne

She weaves back together, like thread on a loom,
narrow steps to cassettes in a radio room,
and keeps singing a while as I swing down the aisle
on the brown plastic seats in the raw heat of June

Oh my memory bird, how she’ll whisper and sway
and bring it back to me as near as today.
I am lost in reliving all the life she is giving,
but I reach out to hold her, and she fast flies away

Oh she calls back to life all the sandpaper air,
gasoline in a can, and fresh sweat tangled hair.
Now the suns in the breeze, now it cools through the trees,
on the back of a Goldwing, with a laugh and a prayer

My memory bird gets to wailing so wild.
If I was digging for diamonds well I’m finding a child.
Barefoot and braver, I wish I could save her.
She moves me an inch but I’m missing a mile

Oh my memory bird, how she’ll whisper and sway
and bring it back to me as near as today.
I am lost in reliving all the life she is giving,
but I reach out to hold her, and she fast flies away

1507

Decay in the shade of the apple tree
Lonely wail of the highway stirs my memory
The past is a friend who turns into a stranger
I am in danger
My heart is in danger
The gray of the morning, do you recall?
Underneath the trailer, the dew in the fall
The haze of the harvest in early September
I still remember
Do you remember?
A cool whispered whirring to sing me to sleep
In a blanket of darkness, a kiss on the cheek
Alone in the silence I think I can hear it
Your tempering spirit
I long to be near it
Your wonderful spirit
I think I can hear it

 

Imagination meets the downpour dreaming
Did I choose this diagnostic pass?

Unfiltered and over the moon
I become my own chain
wound and heavy
falling towards earth

Time leaps forward without me
and dragging the moors I find
reconstituted
that first ignorant image

I am reborn in the heath
Evaporating towards brighter sun