goldenrod​/​summer on

from by Seamus Patterson

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goldenrod covers the field next to the parking lot

already june where has the time gone?
i'm twenty-two this month, oh my god

every august the field is used for a carnival

and when i was eight i rode the Zipper three times
and on the rope latter i won the biggest prize
fourteen years ago, where has the time gone?

goldenrod covers the fields on the route back from ottawa

i'd just turned twenty and on the long drive
i heard Benji for the first time played it three times

and in toronto, i was given a copy of Coke Machine Glow

and every word felt so familiar
and Summer On was my favourite poem
and i know summer's on when i see fields filled with golden rod


i was born in the summer
raised for the water
"be still don't fight the water"
it gets hard to remember, still harder to forget though
"be strong be light", your words not mine

i'm twenty-two now and i
can't believe what i've done to my life
shallow and sulky, when i'm in the city/god i hate this city
cause if i ever was anyone, i'm sure they're off in the goldenrod
far from this city, far from/off remembering/memories

and if i ever was anyone, i'm not sure now who that ever was
but if i'm caught up remembering, your words come back to me

"be still don't fight the water"


from postcards, released January 28, 2017



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