Miracle

 

Miracle

 

I was the poet.

I was the prank.

I was not looking

when you slipped in the shank.

I was the prophet.

I held your pen;

that was now,

this is then.

 

Everybody's trying to decide

what is this miracle

and when will it arrive

Everybody's trying to decide

what is the miracle

and when will it arrive

 

Now, it’s easy to get angry at the people I don’t see.

Now, I give my anger to the people next to me.

I wore your boots, baby.

I wore your clothes.

I stuck whatever into appropriate holes.

 

Everybody's trying to decide

what is the miracle

and when will it arrive

Everybody's trying to decide

what is this miracle

and when will it arrive

 

I was the king of vocabulary but nobody was watching;

Mister fucking Webster at your front door knocking.

I saw you out there; I had nothing to say.

I stopped talking yesterday.

 

Everybody's trying to decide

what is the miracle

and when will it arrive

Everybody's trying to decide

what is the miracle

and when will it arrive

What is the miracle

and when will it arrive

 

(Life Underwater Music, 2003)

 

James O'Brien