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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

Break summer—
Paint fear—
He was wild—
A little wild—
He’s dying—
He’s dying—
He’s asking

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

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

Mystery Train

Are you blue
Are you green
Are you fire
Are you gold
      Have you
  Come, have
  Come, to
      Sing to
  Me, to
  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

Mystery Train

No one
Nobody dies
Nobody loses

Mystery Train

    joy could
blue fire torn blue

    dear one
      dear smart
    shining you
      dear you
    my father’s
      my father’s

Mystery Train

Soft wind like a road
I wrote done
I tried to write don’t

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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