Hammers #1

I’m Happy to See You Smiling
for
Joan Baez

As a child
I was indifferent to your fame,
Who can blame me
I was indifferent to life.
The strife simply passed me by
Like a motorist avoiding
The hitchhiker’s eye.

But looking back
I can’t deny your treasure
Singing loud   ringing proud
Revered!
I think Dylan would have said that
Had he not been distracted
By your disarming   alarming charm.

And looking ahead
With millions waylaid   underpaid
Stricken with AIDS
Afraid,
We are grateful for a smile.

 

Copyright 1990 by Jeffrey Spahr-Summers.