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Below is the poem entitled LISTENING TO JOAN BAEZ which was written by poet Debasish Datta. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I sat with rum and Joan Baez the other day
Writing up three poems in Bombay
One short  another crooked
Yet not quite a disaster
The other long and sad
Not very bad but still not much more
Than a chinchilla whore
In her teens, plump, with baby fat
Still around her cheekbones, shoulders, waistflesh

Trellised eaves
A tooting car on Cadell Road
Dusk falling, friends out on a binge,
I alone in the darkening flat
Joan Baez on my knee her voice from the cassette recorder
Blurring the border between voice and flesh
And letting them enmesh
Wafting out over lonely streets
Climbing the Pali Hills
Sidling in stealth by private yew hedges
To caress like silk the legs of a party
Falling to pieces at only six-thirty

Prosaic, proselytizing like Diogenes in the bin
Beard straggling all over an obdurate chin

Breathe in the voice let the pictures go by
Looking for a conjuror in the sky
And confused, return
Dreams back to ashes, ashes to the urn
Quiet in the knowledge that ashes don’t burn.

They say  some  poetry
Is coming out of me
Juice wrung out by iron teeth
From the tender heart  of a slender tree.

Copyright © Debasish Datta

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