Two Patti Smith Poems by Nan Rush

Stirring the Waters
(for Patti Smith)
 
Full moon over the Delaware,
big boats on the water,
Patti shouting the truth
into the summer night,
people of all ages clapping
in time to her exhortations,
music flying over the river
to Jersey,
Patti beating her message
into our thick heads,
Patti raising her thin arm, growling –
“I give you my blood, what
will you give back?”
 
Patti urges us:
bury your timidity,
grab your power,
sing the truth,
stir the waters
until they boil and the
Titanics of complacency
split in two, and we
bury them forever
under the waves we’ve created.
 
 
 ***
 
Because the day
(for Patti Smith)                                                  
 
 
Because the day
brings pain
& loss of magic
when the spells are forgotten,
and cotton fills my ears,
Because the day
brings clouds & rain
in this leaky valley
& the sun hides as I hide
my fears,
Because the day brings
betrayal pounding its way
across my heart,
erasing my dreams,
Because the day itself
is a betrayal,
I sleep.

***
Nan Rush

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