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Cold and Blue

from Physics Says by Jon Hughes



Cold and Blue

In these harbors
The water seems much too blue
And I can't help but see you
In the reflection;
Cheeks all a stipple,
Eyes open to a ripple
Pull me down
Into you--
And open boat parties
Remind me that I'm here and
Talking to
My reflection--
Calculates the years that
Pass between these whispering
Souls I forgot,
And now they're
Sold or bought,
Old or used.

Was built here to break your
Heart in every littered
Parking lot
And park,
Open every season,
Open for the,
"Please miss Me's
When you leave."
Joe Elmer's in the back seat,
Driving down
Pedestrian streets.
He calculates the years that
Pass between these glass-eyed
Souls I forgot,
And now they're
Sold or bought,
Old or used.

I recall
This used to be the place where
The girl with the blond haired
Face sang
The willow songs
Up against the chainlink,
Good for letting air pass
The neighbors yard
Where dead and floating sturgeon
Are gaping at the surface,
Death was chlor-
ine induced;
And the water comprehends the
Sky when they're screaming for the
Souls I forgot;
And now I am as,
As they say,
Cold and blue.


from Physics Says, released May 5, 2007


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Jon Hughes Ireland

American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jon Hughes, has been based in Ireland since 2005. He has shared a stage with Damien Jurado, She Keeps Bees, and the legendary singer-songwriter, Buddy Mondlock.

Hughes' latest collection of songs, "Sunshine Remorse", was released in January of 2019.
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