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Sweet Negligence

from Voices From a Broken Window by Jon Hughes



Sweet Negligence

Out on the patio
Of some small midwestern home
Where the property is cheap,
In a part of town
Where the broken sidewalk runs
Along the cracked and broken streets,
And the cityscape
From the old museum tower
Is obfuscated by the heat.
And the neighbors sing
A song of hatred for the sun
In a broken harmony.

She writes a letter to God.
With every sincere compliment,
She says she’s still not happy here.
“So what do you want from me,
Sweet Negligence?”
The negative of Me.

Over the radio,
Over the hammer-falls on stone,
She hears a tired woodwind squeal
To a hygienic voice
Selling health or selling love
In a once-off package deal,
And the daylight falls
Without a reference to the source
Like a dimming memory,
And the summer sky
Is hanging open like a mouth.
She sees the stars fall out like teeth.

She writes a letter to God.


from Voices From a Broken Window, released July 2, 2009


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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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