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POEM: we can be like this (for Jo Wallfisch)

we can be like this
for Jo Wallfisch

tarting with an amazons trapeze he said
no she said i am flying and singing and
wasting your time in the air he said
making beauty is a revolutionary act she said
what is beautiful about a ukulele he said
all the beauty in the world she said is in this moment
you sound like a goddamned hippie he said
she said you should come up here with me
you’re out of your nut he said i would never
just try it she said and see what i mean
if i try it will you come down from there he said
if you want me to i will she said
ok i’ll come up there he said just for a minute
hang here next to me upside down she said
he said this is crazy i can’t believe i’m
don’t talk she said just be here just be

he said i’ve never seen the world this way
there are so many ways to see the world she said
i’ve wanted to do this since I was a child he said
here she said take this ukulele and play
let’s stay here forever he said and never go down
we can be like this even on the ground she said

13 March 2013
Auburn, AL

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The singer Jo Wallfisch posted a video of herself today hanging upside-down on a trapeze and playing the ukulele. Her phone autocorrected her caption and that became the first line of this poem.

Published in Music My poems Poem-A-Day 2013 Poetry Ukulele


  1. This is one of my favorite of yours.

  2. Jason Crane Jason Crane


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