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Mystery Train

From: Colorado Review
Volume 40, Number 1, Spring 2013
pp. 134-138 | 10.1353/col.2013.0026

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Mystery Train

Mystery Train

Break summer— Paint fear— He was wild— A little wild— He’s dying— He’s dying— He’s asking Why You Love Him—

Mystery Train

Kisses that we share across the sky, he is the drunk lane, the mayor, drunk lake, drunk in the lake, he’s so tired, and he can’t—what?—my father just feels Sidney Bechet, Hart Crane, Krazy Kat—now he doesn’t have any—he gives life—kisses that we share across the sky

Mystery Train

The book will save the book; oil will kill the world: he’s just trying to see, pay attention,

He said, he said joy, he said feel this, bluegreen voice; he said, violet, blue wind pushes, river light, maples, he said [End Page 134]

Mystery Train

And any dead man sad enough or Free enough, confused enough or Safe enough or running home at Last enough—

Mystery Train

He’s dying in a town full of rabbits He’s dying Lying on the couch

      When he was       In his prime—       When he was       In his prime—

Mystery Train

He hates “sentimental slop”—hold his hand—he’s from Coney Island—he’s tougher than you—he says when I squeeze your hand I’m squeezing her hand—his mother in the room—his mother’s me—tell him, tell him, your mother loves you [End Page 135]

Mystery Train

  branches       paradise Are you blue Are you green Are you fire Are you gold       Have you   Come, have   You   Come, to       Sing to   Me, to   Sing   To me

Mystery Train

Drunk like coins, like coins: “Our lifestyle is wrecking the planet for Christ’s sake,” she’s drunk like a gold coin, he’s drunk like a gold coin: the tv says the tv: farmers are farmers: corporations eat them: rabbits are perfect, there was always all this death, there was always a photo, a photo and money, rain in the street, a bus and a photo of money—ice and the river [End Page 136]

Mystery Train

bluenightcomes No No one Nobody dies Nobody loses

Mystery Train

    joy could blue fire torn blue you

    dear one       dear smart     shining you       dear you     my father’s       what       my father’s       rain     becoming       rain [End Page 137]

Mystery Train

Soft wind like a road Done I wrote done I tried to write don’t Don’t Don’t Don’t [End Page 138]

Joseph Lease

Joseph Lease’s critically acclaimed books include Testify (Coffee House Press) and Broken World (Coffee House Press). Lease’s poems “‘Broken World’ (For James Assatly)” and “Send My Roots Rain” were selected for Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology. “‘Broken World’ (For James Assatly)” was selected for The Best American Poetry 2002.

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