Roadie Poet: Returns


Don’t realize it until we get inside.
Been here before.

Recognize the loading dock,
The room the crew showers in,
The way things look from the stage.
Out into darkness —
For now.

It’ll get lit up later.

Hambone remembers this place, too.
We talk at dinner.
Bands we’ve been here with
Tours we’ve done
Crew we went with.

More sits and listens.
Tells me later
She can’t wait until she’s got these lists to make
When she’s been around more.

I gotta tell her
Coming back to a familiar place
It feels good
But not as good
As home.

I’m not sure about this ending. Might be too cliched, so let me know what you think.

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  1. gautami tripathy

    May 26, 2008 12:31 pm

    No, I find the ending good. It is not cliched. Now I go explore more Roadie poets!

  2. Thomma Lyn

    May 26, 2008 2:16 pm

    I like the ending, too. It suits the overall wistfulness I find in Roadie Poet’s voice. 🙂

  3. Jill

    May 26, 2008 3:09 pm

    It’s always fun to see the memories that we attach to a place!BR/I guess it’s the same thing for the guys and place they have played!

  4. mauniejames3

    May 26, 2008 3:39 pm

    I truly like it…the ending is fitting….

  5. Granny Smith

    May 26, 2008 3:56 pm

    I like the ending, although it immediately brought to mind Simon and Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound.”

  6. cheesygiraffe

    May 26, 2008 4:04 pm

    I love the flow of it. It seems so mellow. 🙂

  7. Christine

    May 26, 2008 6:24 pm

    I like the ending. The whole poem has such a nice easy flow. BR/BR/Hello – I’m baaack! Been playing hooky for a while. Enjoying our new home and garden. BR/BR/Thinking of you, XINE

  8. Winter

    May 27, 2008 12:03 am

    Some people might think it’s cliched, but when something fits… it FITS. How is that a cliche?

  9. bunnygirl

    May 27, 2008 1:09 am

    What I like about this is the sense of going so fast that one doesn’t even realize where one has been, and that it’s recognizable by backstage details and not by city name or characteristics. It’s about the whole world being reduced to the round of roadie duties. And yeah, in that context, home seems like the one place one can take confidence in remembering.

  10. Bob-kat

    May 27, 2008 9:03 am

    Roadie poet rocks! (pun intended!). I laughed out loud when I read the bit about recognising the loading dock as I can remember thinking the same thing once or twice from my back stage days.BR/BR/Just thought you’d like to know I am enjoying The Rabbi’s Cat. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll get the second one as well!

  11. Bob-kat

    May 27, 2008 9:05 am

    BTW – I don’t think the use of home was cliched. Thing is, whne you’re on the road that is where you often want to be, so it’s natural the roadie poet would finish with that.

  12. Marcia (MeeAugraphie)

    May 27, 2008 10:56 pm

    He may be Roadie Poet, but cliche fits – that one at least… but would be fun to see if he came up with an alternate ending, you know, just because the night was long and all.

  13. Julia Smith

    May 29, 2008 9:40 am

    Sorry I’m late, Roadie Poet. You know how I wait and wait for another gem from you. I like the way he realizes that he’s been there before, a slow recognition. Gives a sense of the disoriented state touring must be.

  14. Celticlibrarian

    May 29, 2008 12:32 pm

    *hugs Roadie Poet*BR/BR/And I do like the ending.

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