Jimmy Bang No Shoe Blues

JIMMY BANG’S NO SHOE BLUES (Alternate Version)*

I’ve given up my cigarettes and whisky too
I’ve given up my cigarettes and whisky too
for pain, painkillers, pets and you.

You know why I get mad, you know
why I get sad; but I’ve stopped throwing
tantrums, or dishes – that’s dumb.

Barely have patience for loud rock n roll – and   these blues
Barely have patience for loud rock n roll – and these blues
I was raised No! never to need any NO! no rock n roll shoes – lucky me!

Size 15

Because I can crank the volume rockin in my wheelchair
So I can crank the volume rockin in my wheelchair
Hard enough loud enough to get through this nightmare.

No shoes,
No shoes – Jimmy my my,
you’re waking up Naked
with the No Shoe Blues!

 * Original version printed in Transition, Ted Dyck, ed.

 

 

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MIRROR MIRROR

I crash my wheelchair into the dresser, my
mirror jumps, sweeps the cds off the top of the stereo
lands just so, not breaking, landing enough
on the bed not to shatter, but shaking
loose in the frame, with nothing to reflect
except the spackled ceiling. My mirror rests,
no more selves to see, nothing but ceiling –
no coupling to reflect.

 

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Victor Enns reads and writes poetry and fiction. Afghanistan Confessions, poems in the voice of Canadian soldiers, was published in 2014, boy in 2012. Lucky Man (2005) was nominated for the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year award.