"Country Music" by bsp

My job was to look for new customers on my ice cream delivery route....on a cool autumn day i left the main road and drove down a long narrow dirt road to a small wooden farmhouse....a young man came out and invited me in...he said others would be in shortly and he sat down on the end of one of the cots that lined a wall....he started pickin a guitar and I said “you're very good”...in a few minutes others filed in...each picking up an instrument as they entered....”would you like to hear us play?” asked the young man...”sure would” I answered....as each joined in... music grew and filled that small farmhouse....country music...pennsylvania farmers...an autumn day....a day I will never forget...i stayed for lunch....country potato soup...i changed jobs shortly after that and never saw the farmhouse again....or my new friends...i have aged since that day...but they never do...i close my eyes and see them and hear their music.... just like it was yesterday....bsp

    


"Daddies Mad Again" by bsp

in my skinny days of jerseys n suspenders,,,my brother and i...we were wary prey for the rage...daddie's laughter could turn to anger without notice...without provocation...frustrations of life's failures...home is a haven of power for the powerless....

we lived in fear and abuse....it became the accepted norm... we were no good bastards...lazy louts...worthless son's of bitches...and after a while i was living up to those expectations...at least I appeared to..

in the world of my imagination I found my power...my friends...my loves...my protectors...there I was a hero....a winner of battles...a singer of songs...a teller of stories....with a stick sword and a one-eyed teddy...i could save the girl...

the dragon dad of wrath mellowed in time....the fire went out....the roars gave way to falling asleep in a recliner...the shouts gave way to the tv ...the ozzie and harriet days evolved...

even now I can close my eyes to the superficial realities and I am there...in my world...in my limitless imagination.....thanks dad...i could not have done it without you.....bsp