Godless Bluegrass


You want the high lonesome brought down to earth –
the value of gold – devoid of its worth.

Like herbless reggae – or atheist Bach
like love without romance and time with no clock –

it’s smokeless jazz without the snap
buried treasure without any map.

It’s Andean flutes without the coca
Moon with no shine – un Raton sin Boca

You can’t have your culture without the Gospel
like rain without water, it’s simply impossible.

You can’t keep the tree without having roots
or gather a harvest without the fruits.

So get the hell gone with your atheist bluegrass
lest someone imply you’re an unsaved jackass


4 comments on “Godless Bluegrass

  1. madblog says:

    I won’t mention names but virtuoso performance without the intended purpose, or with a whiny emotional substitute, leaves me cold too.

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    • Andrew says:

      Good point – and it holds true across many genres of music. Bluegrass does not seem to be helped by innovation either. I tend to dislike so-called “newgrass”. Only traditional style moves me.

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      • madblog says:

        I actually do enjoy the music and the amazing instrumentality of some of the new, but it’s sad when the lyrics don’t effectively connect with the evocative music.


  2. wiseblooding says:

    Superb poem. “Moon without the shine” is a sparkling-fine phrase! (Not that the other phrases weren’t.) Excellent work.


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