Hammers #1

I’m Happy to See You Smiling
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
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
We are grateful for a smile.


Copyright 1990 by Jeffrey Spahr-Summers.