Old Friends Wander In

Sitting on his porch,

we looked at his feet when he spoke


old worn dock shoes

if I could be happy again

the soft sound of acoustic guitars and poetry and laughter and the taste of porters and soft light of a Pensacola sunset

would flow through my heart


one son, maybe two or three

any or all would be enough

old friends, most of them dead

would drift in off the yard

the taste of chili peppers the taste of good strong black coffee and a song in my heart


the one song I could never sing

in my silly man voice, in the sound of a cracking, creaking unused voice box, I sing.


Tomorrow they will come

and I will dance

out on the grass

you wont see me

though I will be there,



and singing this my favorite song

like Jesus and Bob Dylan

crying in the wind, the wind that isn’t blowing, the wind that never blows.


He shifted his feet,

and rolled another cigarette

if they would come,

I would be happy

but they aint coming

they will never be here


they wont let me go

and they wont let me stay


but tomorrow they are gonna come

and I will be gone



on the lawn and singing my song.


I shook his hand and gathered my notes and wondered what he meant

I looked into his eyes

and knew

he was remembering

a smile.




About anthonyuplandpoetwatkins

https://www.goodreads.com/AnthonyUplandpoetWatkins born in Jackson, The United States August 04, 1959 gender male website http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?contributorI... genre Poetry, Historical Fiction influences James M. Lancaster, Brenda Black White, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Al Filreis member since March 2011 About this author edit data As one of the most public lives ever lived by a private citizen, there is little about me that isn't already available at Facebook or Shelfari and countless other places. Poet, writer, construction worker, salesman, truck driver, climber into the attics of total strangers, father and husband, and all around one of the luckiest men on the planet. My luck continued with a win in the June Goodreads Newsletter Contest! What an honor! http://anthonyuplandpoetwatkins.wordp... Additional Influences: Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Gloria Naylor, Eudora Welty
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