Daily Archives: October 20, 2017

Telecaster Grimoire

That open D turnaround

we’ve all heard forty thousand times,
the Chuck-riffs done to death,
the pentatonic lockbox…
did you forget all were designed
as magic spells? Don’t blame

the weak impact
they have upon you
on anything but weak magicians
weakly casting them.  

Last night I heard a master
play everything right out of
the text book of how you are
supposed to do it,

and it wrung me out like a rag
sopping sweat from some ancestor’s 
forehead between sets;

I long now to stay home
and sit over my Telecaster grimoire 
through as many midnights as I have left
in the hope 
of getting beyond
just getting it right

once in my life.