Sunday, June 13, 2010

14: Richard Huttel


O how I long for a banjo!
one of the five-stringed variety
all tuned up & ready
for an inaugural romp

Through maybe Foggy Mountain
Breakdown or Theme from The Beverly
Hillbillies—just slide on
my white National thumb pick

& paint me
Bill Monroe

Hard to believe there once was a time
when I knew nothing
of these things!

But here we all are, sittin’

No regrets! was once my mantra
Now it’s: no train wrecks!
Only great recoveries…

Can you imagine for even a moment
Robert Johnson’s Love in Vain played
on a banjo?
…Movie pools! Swimmin’ stars!

--Richard Huttel for Gary Barwin 12 June 2010

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