Academic journal article The Hudson Review


Academic journal article The Hudson Review


Article excerpt

Have you ever found yourself

standing say in your hallway

with one hand on your hip, a little

frown between your eyes?

Maybe you're looking

for your Bible, your car keys, the red

belt that matches your red slacks.

But you are just standing there.

Maybe you are tired,

got troubles on your mind,

dry patches on your face, a little

pain in your heart. You are cold.

You are hot, have too many irons

in the fire. You're not sure

what day it is, but know you need

to be getting ready to go

to the store, to the cleaners,

to church or somewhere.

Maybe you are singing

an old Jethro Tull song, well it's Bungle

in the Jungle, and that's all right by me.

Oh yeah yeah yeah, and you don't

remember the rest of the words

so you just repeat the chorus

over and over, wondering how

in the world, in the middle of

everything, you stop to sing

a song you haven't heard in twenty years--

not even your favorite Tull tune

why not Aqualung, why not

I Left My Heart in San Francisco,

or Amazing Grace-there's

a good old hymn, sung at every funeral

you've ever attended, including

your mother's, your sister's. …

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