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An Easy Mistake To Make

by Nancy Ames

Ignorance and arrogance
are walking hand-in-hand,
taking care on the stepping-stones.
His guitar melts my bones -
it happened but it wasn't planned,
it was only a rock'n'roll dance.

And we never touched,
we never touched,
we never touched the ground.

Sweet love-light and suspicion
are shooting arrows at the moon,
while night falls on the town.
That boy is acting like a clown,
and the prize is a big red balloon
and a brand-new superstition.

And we never touch,
we never touch,
we never touch the ground.


Author's Note: This could be a lyric too. It's about art overcoming the world's disastrous contradictions.

Posted on 03/11/2008
Copyright © 2023 Nancy Ames

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Anita Mac on 03/13/08 at 10:44 PM

This is beautiful... I wish I had a favorite phrase, but each one is so great...

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 09/14/08 at 10:41 PM

Definitely singable! Chorus would make a lovely round.

Posted by Roger J Kenyon on 01/13/10 at 07:37 PM

Wow...is all I can say. Nancy Ames.

Posted by June Labyzon on 11/06/14 at 01:16 AM

This poem put me in touch with my favorite song of all times, Diamonds and Rust. So sweet would love to hear it recited with music. Love the image of his guitar playing so sweetly and hotly that it can melt bones. Lovely, lovely, lovely

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