Sunday, June 16, 2019

Welcome to Mike Griffith!

Above is a picture of the ruins of Johnny Cash's home in Hendersonville, TN.  It's a wintry picture, but the poem below is worth reading at any time.

Listening to Johnny Cash with my friend Arthur

Listening to Johnny Cash with my friend Arthur
in his room at the nursing home--

I can only understand about every third word
that Arthur says, but it's alright,

Johnny says enough for any three men. 

On Tour with The Mighty Commas
(For a different Ian than the one I know.)

Watch the guitar, watch the guitar;
feel the drums, feel the drums.
Grinding light, deafening roar,
singer dance, smoky swirl,
push of sound, crush of crowd.
The stage is wet, the stage is steam.

Strung-out, happy and glazed.
The Mighty Commas are on tour, 
their greatest hits, controversies, and memories:
minors with backstage passes,
a Friendly's somewhere in Ohio, 
and that wreaked hotel bar in Oakland.

The next city, some other city
the next state over, under altered skies.
Got this lady, but gonna get that girl. 
Do it again, doin' it dirty, doin' it clean,
comma, man, comma, comma, comma, man.
Watch the guitar, watch the guitar.

Michael A. Griffith began writing poetry while recovering from a life-changing injury and its resulting disability. His chapbook Bloodline will be released in fall 2018 by The Blue Nib and his chapbook Exposed from Hidden Constellation Press is available on Amazon and Soma Publishing. He is a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee.  Recently, he became the US/Canada Poetry Editor at The Blue Nib.  

I'll start off with a more recent song by Johnny Cash, "Hurt":

This is his "God's Gonna Cut You Down":

A younger Johnny Cash sings "Far Side Banks of Jordan" with June Carter Cash:

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