Gone Away ~ The journal of Clive Allen in America

A Lazy Day

As long as I can remember, I have ignored bandwagons. For a start, the only musical instrument I can play is the jews harp, so I would not be of much use to the band. And the bandwagon always looks so crowded to me - perhaps I don't notice them until they've been around a while. However. I found this little thing in my head (box?) from way back when and I'm having a lazy day. So...

Of Journeys

Street windows watch you
As you hurry by
And destinations speak
Of streets and windows

Only your frantic haste
And fear
Are captured by the road
Your striding image remains
In strangers' eyes
You sensed
But did not see

Your journey hides in corners
Of the restrooms and motels

(round about 1972, I think)


What's scary is that I understand that.
Date Added: 09/12/2004

And the imagery is terrific, btw.
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I agree with both of Way's comments. I love the amount of thought I had to put into the last stanza.
Date Added: 09/12/2004

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I was just standing in the bathroom, thinking and looking at my face in the mirror. I was thinking: if I ever get published, this is how I'd like my photo to be on the back inside cover. My hair was, for once, looking reasonably well-groomed with just the right amount of disarray at the front where it sweeps across above my forehead. I smoothed a bit at the back that was sticking up slightly, making my head look strangely distorted. It stayed put. My eyes were sunken but deep in thought and the expression was likewise suitably pensive, a slight frown and the mouth set. There was a line down one side of my face, slightly redder than the surrounding skin, probably left by the couch when I fell asleep in front of the television. But somehow this just added to the impression of rugged determination evident in the general expression. I noticed that the jawline was sagging a bit more and that two new lumps of flesh were beginning to fall away from the chin. If I moved my jaw slightly, these grew and shrank accordingly. The effect was not unpleasant; it had not been remarked before, that's all. I am getting old and have no regrets about it. Yes, I thought, this would make a suitable photograph, worn but not defeated, obviously intelligent. Then I noticed that there was a piece of skin flaking off the very tip of my nose. As I scratched it off, leaving a tiny red spot, I thought, who am I kidding? I looked up and smiled at God. Thanks guys :)
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So, let me get this straight. You were staring in the mirror thinking about your book sleeve photograph? *guffaws with laughter*
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*grins sheepishly* Uh, yeah Mad...
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Have you tried rollers and hair spray?? Mads going to come upstairs and beat me now because whenever I leave a comment on your blog it sends him a e-mail.
Date Added: 12/12/2004

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What? You think I should have my book sleeve photograph done with rollers in my hair? It's a novel (haha pun) idea I admit....
Date Added: 12/12/2004

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