GLM’s resident poet and contributor, Gayle Bell, delivers another classic TuneCrush, this time featuring Joni Mitchell from her CD, Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm from 1988.

Listening to Joni.

Sing, my love,
of streets and loose change
a violent pulse.

This classy broad could
teach me a lot about
secret places, whispers
eclipsing into screams.

Playing one song over.

Over like a rune
dropped from a careless hand;
liner notes that explain
how a culture cries,
loves, eats, hurts.

Reducing life to a koan.

©Gayle Bell

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