Everyday

Xoanxo’s poem “Everyday” accompanied by the guitar of Sergi Boal performing his own composition “Frontera”. This poem is inspired by Janis Joplin’s live performance of Mama Thornton’s blues “Ball and Chain” in July 1970.

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Unintentional submersion beyond their journey, 
a daily grind of apparent immersion…
Deep into a blind alley of deluded struggles,
his sanity dangles from her bright light of rebellion… 
A fine thread of subversion, her only offering of salvation…
…
Tears of a misguided want
carrying a shared ball and chain…
Together for the day…
They ride their frail train of discovery,
surf over a faint rail of hope…
Together for the day…
Seemingly everyday… 

Perhaps they are not all the same…
Perhaps some, like her, are above the rest…
Above?
Perhaps below…
He ponders…
Does it matter? 
He wonders…
In any case…On a different plane…
Together for the day…
Seemingly everyday…
 
Please release your ball and chain,
Just love…No matter what… 
And move on…
For all our sakes…
 
Don’t you know 
you own your own love?
…
Take your love…
Your bright light of rebellion…
All you have ever owned…
Leave your pain of want…
And move on…
…
Just move on…
 …
Please release your ball and chain…
Throw them out of our train…
Let them go…
And move on…
…
Just move on…
...
Perhaps they are not all the same…
Perhaps some, like her, are above the rest…
Above?
Perhaps below…
He ponders…
Does it matter? 
He wonders…
In any case…On a different plane…

Together for the day…
Seemingly everyday… 

(Xoanxo, 2020)

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