Muddy on the Slide: Trouble No More CK Tower Poetry

local_library Muddy on the Slide: Trouble No More

by CK Tower

Published in Issue No. 16 ~ September, 1998

The day the two old men
were trading notes on Symphony No. 40
in the back room of the record store,
Michael came home unenlightened
wanting only to hear
some howling-city

blues. Gin-blitzed,
two dollars short
for a vinyl Muddy Waters
from the Mississippi Delta,
and a new season began for us
a love affair rejived. Back

to the bridge. For me
it was the first time
I ever heard the bass so fierce
turn table lava: the slide
guitar like an enamel river
and our hazy glances
a few notes heavier:
We hung on every riff
the dust-caked needle tracking.

Mozart and Austria laughed in the far distance
while we swayed dionysian
to Memphis Slim piano, Dixon bass
thrumming new roads
for Hendrix, Cray and Clapton.

It was the first time between us,
when all silence was reduced to listening.

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