I am still alive
Within limitless being
I sit comforted


I watch the tea boil
Something take me from all this
A drug, A drink, a gun.

Put on the song, it’s only just begun.

Listen to record
It spins, music in the wax
The singer collects

Royalty checks.

The Grateful Dead suck
Maybe not totally, drugs
improve the music.

Let loose. Jerry,
They’ll make ice cream out of you
Phish food too, dude.

You have to listen to notes
They’re not playing
In dingy Volkswagon,

We’ll follow you.


Jason Wright is the editor and founder of Oddball Magazine. His column appears weekly. His new book is Train of Thought.