Can We Start Again :: published in Word Fountain



Listen :: Bane :: Can We Start Again

Can We Start Again
I sit in my car
in the Metro parking lot
listening to mix tapes:
                   the soundtracks of summers
                     of first shows and three dollar door prices
                              of best friends and boyfriends
                          of car rides and kisses.

           Tom’s in Love with the Dippin’ Dots Lady : my first show

I knew the static     between        songs
        as well as any lyrics
    those seconds before the next track –
           when it sinks in to your heart.
                                                        Ultimate Devotion : Hey, this song makes me think of you,
                                                           Dave said one night in the backseat of Hughes’ Cavalier.
                                                                                         Hit or Miss : driving on winding roads,
                                                                                             screaming our voices hoarse.           

         we moshed and cried to.
          I hadn’t listened to in years.
I didn’t notice when they         faded away
     replaced by the next song
         the next      relationship
               the next               break-up.

                                                                Run II :  faded hand stamps on Monday morning
                                                                       I Fought the Law : for all those nights we should
                                                                                          have gotten arrested
                                                                         Sorry About That  :  summer nights in a small town

I turn the key in the ignition,
shift into drive
                      open the windows
                                                                             Can We Start Again :  slices  through  the  muted  night.


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