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don van vliet SINGING INK
poetry and fine arts


 

SEAM CROOKED SAM

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

 
the mule kicked off a new one
and the stockings ran up seam crooked sam
bandana frock stuffed with smoke
and ears out flopped like bowling pins
hog troughs hocked and wallered in cool mud bins
and patent leather hooves
split in twos
rooms for rent down at ben's
frendsa danced in a frenzy
choked a juke bird with froth glass ferns
and turpentine urns her sawdust daily keep
and whiskey creeps down her neck naked front
and red leatherette
peen button set where her fanny sweat
raised her wrist-a-fan and a mouse coughed cotton
through a screen door cracked sand
rooms rent only to friends
hat rack hotel
architecture tincture of red arkies
pinched the southern belle
and splayed his cracked nail hand
grey fedora - snappy band
and the camel walls yellow like damp dead chickens
beak down the hard wood floor
and the music - o, the music
harp man blew his best lung white shirt
his feet worked like a monkey out the door
and dora robbed a baby through a dark bebop
licorice lenses fogged in hot sorrow
through the floorboards at the general store
your foods still in the hot hand oven
apple pie cooked through a seed bruised stem eye
sticky in the window of momma frame broke
rope bell dingling
'children, i won't call you once more.'


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:
odd jobs
and five poems:
a tin peened reindeer
the tired plain
three months in the mirror
gil
infra-grams


 
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