14 October 2010

From The Ground

Pouring from the speakers
Slide guitar from the crossroads
ass kickin' vocals tellin' it right

Believe in "God, the Devil and Love"
he rasps out at me and I flinch
This trinity of everything I am

Or everything I want to be
or everything I want to avoid
hanging in the air, right there

"'Cause there's good deeds and good intentions"
sneered on the back of a chord
far apart as Heaven and Hell, I know

Lips curl in a knowing smile
I sing the blues with Ben Harper
to find God, the Devil and Love.

Italicized phrases used without permission, from "Ground on Down" by Ben Harper.  Badass guitar, indeed.


  1. 'sneered on the back of a chord' is a wonderful line. Rich poem full of good stuff, Irish. Now I wanna get out the Ben Harper....


"Let your laws come undone
Don't suffer your crimes
Let the love in your heart take control..."

-'The Hair Song', by Black Mountain

Tell me what is in your heart...