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don van vliet SINGING INK
poetry and fine arts


 

ODD JOBS

poem
from switzerland 1987 book DON VAN VLIET * SKELETON BREATH, SCORPION BLUSH

notes:
originally the lyrics to a song on the unreleased bat chain puller album
in 1999 released on the unauthorized grow fins set

 
the rug ripped up in cloth popcorn balls
the walls an old candy striped sack
in the corner wrinkled black and white
a table held up by legs
the peeled back red enameled mouth of linoleum screamed
at the pasteboard door
a knob rolled off in some corner sticky
a curtain blew into a sink
dead flies and newspapers
charred fire brown wings and toast
hobo ain't been around for some time
the gate danced without its paint on
odd jobs is written on
spiders were the window's eyes
the sun made them look silver
the little girl from in back of the clothesline
cast a shadow like a crow
its beak spoke open
why doesn't odd jobs come around anymore
he used to ride his form-a-heap bike
and his basket was a whole candy store
he used to make x's from door to door
all the women and the young girls around here
ask why old jobs don't come on home
and the gate without its paint on
danced and creaked and moaned
here he comes peddling up on his form-a-heap bike
a bag of skin and bones
spokes were scraping two rust fenders


don van vliet 1976

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note:
beside official lyrics and paintings, the book also contained
the lyrics to another song from the unreleased album:
seam crooked sam
and five poems:
a tin peened reindeer
the tired plain
three months in the mirror
gil
infra-grams


 
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