I Never Remember Song Titles

Dust collects in the passage
of a song whose melody
I once swallowed
with a spoonful of iodine…

What followed was the third cousin
twice removed of a bad acid trip.

But I was smooth then
and had fancier shoes,
briefcase full of blues ripped
from Robert Johnson’s fingertips.

An experience like that whips you
into a curmudgeonly fluff.

But I hung tough.
A far rougher coming of it
was had by those
with bad taste, the ones

who waste energy basting
their brains with hashtags

and newsfeeds.
My reflection hardly did me any favors.
And yet, I savored
my lamentable circumstance

as one savors a cup
of gas station coffee.

My relations devoured me
for tax purposes –
it was relaxing –
but my aftertaste carried with it

a fast-acting laxative,
and so I found myself right back

where I started.
Broken hearted, standing
alone on the corner
with a song whose name

I never remember
playing in my head.

-r. miller


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