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“The 60’s are gone, dope will never be as cheap,
sex never as free, and the rock & roll never as great.”
Back in my woebegone wage-slave days,
during my 30 minute commute to the office
each & every weekday morning,
to avoid the tremendous tedium,
to cheer myself up,
to dig the moment inhabited,
to put forward some positive vibes,
always listening to one FM Classic Rock station,
I would play a little game along the way,
always the Pollyanna at the start;
knowing that rock songs are 3 minutes in length,
knowing that I had 8 to 10 chances,
knowing that the damned odds were long,
knowing that my success would be minimal,
I created two Rock Group categories;
“Best of the Best I” and
“Best of the Best II”.
In the first group I included five
of my favorite R&R artists,
needing to hear one of their songs;
In the second group I included
my next five favorite R&R artists,
and would accept songs from,
Crosby, Stills, & Nash
I would always get more excited
if I could hear a song from Group I,
but, of course, would still
love it if I heard any tune
from an artist in Group II, but
this game was complex.
I decided that if I could hear just one song
from either group, my whole day
would be ringed with rainbows;
on a fabulous day I would actually hear
up to 4 artists from both lists during
the half-hour commute,
but on a gray day, I would hear
none of them, and that day
would be dullard & flat-assed.
It was my will against the odds,
with my heart vulnerable to
the whims of cruel chance.
Sometimes I would go a whole week
without scoring a win, but hey,
sometimes I would be fat-flushed
with luscious luck, and my songs
would appear in cheerful clumps
day after day, a shining week.
This silly superstitious routine
was practiced for several years
and I never tired of it.
Sometimes, yes, I do miss the game, but
not the terrible traffic,
not the woeful worries,
not the fatuous fatigue,
not the belligerent bosses,
not the writhing work day.
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