The Tundra Blues (Boreas)

Boreas,
God, have mercy on my soul.
Boreas,
God, have mercy on my sould.
Take me from this tundra,
it’s turning my heart dark and cold.

Outside my door’s a blizzard,
inside my mind’s a storm.
Outside my door’s a blizzard,
inside my mind’s a storm.
Haven’t left the house for weeks,
can’t take this frozen life no more.

Winter days they turn to weeks,
then months, then steal the years.
Winter days they turn to weeks,
then months, then steal the years.
Hardly remember what my limbs feel like,
Boreas get me out of here.

Boreas,
God, have mercy on my soul.
Boreas,
God, have mercy on my sould.
Take me from this tundra,
it’s turning my heart dark and cold.

Fields are white and windswept,
crops and creatures blue and black.
Fields are white and windswept,
crops and creatures blue and black.
Grab your sled and shovel,
head south while you can.

Lightning sparks the sky,
snow thunder rumbles down.
Lightning sparks the sky,
snow thunder rumbles down.
Boreas, is that you?
Deliver me to somewhere warm.

Boreas,
God, have mercy on my soul.
Boreas,
God, have mercy on my sould.
Take me from this tundra,
it’s turning my heart dark and cold.

(3/1/2019: Colectivo Coffee, Madison, Wisconsin)

The Gita

The purpose of life on Earth,
the nature of God Supreme,
the form of Infinity,
the story of You and Me:

Everlasting and at once
One with the One,
One with the One.

Second to none
One with the One,
One with the One.

Let me become
One with the One,
One with the One.

(2/27/2019: Irish Acres, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin)

Get In, Then Fit In

Real chip off the old block. (Get in, then fit in)
Freeze: this is a stick up. (Get in, then fit in)
Welcome back to the nuthouse. (Get in, then fit in)
Grab a uniform and a dose of doubt. (Get in, then fit in)

Twice over to the third degree.
Go forth, plead the fifth if it pleases.
Conceal & carry couple selves around.
Medicate, medicate, and make friends with Jesus.
Oh yeah and did I mention?:
Get in, then fit in.

Why make up your mind when we can make it for you? (Get in, then fit in)
It’s a mighty fine service: do as we say we do. (Get in, then fit in)
Follow closely, take your foot off the brake. (Get in, then fit in)
This is how it’s done, just watch the tape. (Get in, then fit in)

Twice over to the third degree.
Go forth, plead the fifth if it pleases.
Conceal & carry couple selves around.
Medicate, medicate, and make friends with Jesus.
Oh yeah and did I mention?:
Get in, then fit in.

Naturally unnatural habitat.
That’s that. Adapt.

Bad luck? Chin up.
Then get in, then fit in.
First get in, then fit in.

(12/4/2018 & 2/11/2019: Irish Acres, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin)

The Small Print

This is for your own good,
no bones about it.
Ready your solar plexus,
here comes the hit:

Should’ve read the small print.

Validation:
quick-acting.
Gratification:
short-lasting.
How did it come to this?

Should’ve read the small print.

Foresight unseen,
mind-over-money’s spent
hand over fist.
We’re prisoners of the moment
who should’ve read the small print.

Whole kit and kaboodle,
well-documented.
Recall, recollect
the signs and the omens.
Somehow smiling nonetheless
because as I said:
We’re prisoners of the moment,
prisoners of the moments.
Should’ve read the small print,
prisoners of the many moments.

Prisoners of the many moments.

(2/13/2019: Irish Acres, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin)

That’s Saying Something

Another narrow escape.
It was close this time.
Near self-destruction.
Hit the override.

Peerless, peerless,
that’s no positive thing
in this case:
Break in emergency.

That’s saying something
though I can’t say what.
That’s saying something
not yet out of luck.

The former, the latter,
the prior, the past.
Point is:
I’m looking back.

Show me the door,
show me the door
I’ll walk through it.
The pleasure’s yours.

That’s saying something
though I can’t say what.
That’s saying something
not yet out of luck.

Life of a buccaneer
appeals to me;
start as an intern,
raise the jolly roger.

Skulls & crossbones.
Red eye, red eye.
Done a double take,
Look closely: I’m alive.

That’s saying something
though I can’t say what.
That’s saying something
not yet out of luck.

Not just yet.
Not just yet.

(12/21/2018 & 2/9/2019: Marcine’s, Mount Vernon & Oakcrest Tavern, Madison, Wisconsin)