Pre-New Year’s Nostalgy

(while listening to Late Night Evening Prostitute…)

Často se mi stane, že moje pocity už někdo popsal – líp než já. Tohle je speciální případ – Koop popsali náladu. Díky jim za to. Můj novoroční sentiment, nedoručené a nenapsané dopisy…

Dear, thanks for your letter
Sounds like you’re living the way you wanted
And that makes me smile
No I hadn’t heard Bjorn Borg retired
Thank God one of us has a finger on an sporting pulse
No records left to collect your complaint
Well, Borg, Brolin and an unknown tennis trainer released something recently
No doubt your contacts in the Stockholm underworld can source that gem
Got back the other day to find the pub on the corner had been burnt down
A dark London street story I won’t burden you with now
Determined as I am to write you some life affirming shit
And not drag you an a regular trawl through the night seas to find what crawls
Yet I know they’re casting their lots to see who can get the old pubs’ lease
And turn it into more luxury flats
Brick by brick the infiltration has begun
I feel moved to take a spray can and ending step to the boarding
But as yet I can’t think of anything whitty or on point enough to be up there

Yet the drunkards still own the park
D’s still there in your old flat making beats and still owns the night
While this street can still shape shift and make you quicken your pace on a late night return
So I suppose we still have time
But make no mistake my friend
I’m sure some barricade somewhere has started calling

I’m so sorry we missed each other when you last came to town
I heard from Ndeye you sat with her telling stories for three hours while
And he put some extensions in a client’s hair
She told me about Cuba, cigars and sacred drums
Of arguments in bars, Dante, the color of Christ and the only true poet
The south China sea’s, remembered fa yung the Buddhist master
“how can we obtain truth through words.”
When she quoted your, “immature writer’s plagiarize mature writers steal”
I was back in a bar in New York lower east side when you shouted that at
Maybe it was yourself, maybe I wasn’t there
Maybe it’s slipped down between the years
My memory isn’t exactly all that now
But my friend, you definitely have a convert there
An if you ever need your hair braiding and I know that’s a long shot
Then she’s your girl
As my man scratch or maybe Rakim or maybe Monk
More probably all of them at some stage said
“You gotta check the new style.”
I’m assuming you are still running an old testament blades to hair ratio
And it hasn’t fallen rudely out on you
If that’s the scenario then my sincerest apologies

Saw Mr. Brenan in the Holloway road yesterday
Walked past with a bag of potatoes on his shoulders
I didn’t stop him he wouldn’t have a clue who the hell I was
He didn’t back then when we’d spent month’s sleeping on his sofa
Explaining which one of his son’s friends we were
Well that’s the price you pay for any more than six children in the Holloway road area

I think of you often
And hope we see each other again as soon as possible
Until such time may the winds be at your back
The dice be kind, and the Gods turn the occasional blind eye

Sincerely yours
Beyond the clouds
Beyond the son
The rebel without a cause

© Koop

PS: smrtelně vážně uvažuju o přestěhování do Berlína…


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