winter journeys (for tibor)

Off & way east into these distances
from your protective hell to some
real life mysteries & then back west
travelling through all that snowfall galore
far & by shrouding these
on & on streches of frozen winter landscapes
& a thousand miles of roads
have lots of snow & ice & some
rare sun shining up brightly
in your winter dreams splash right up
before your living open eyes
into that windshield slash
when truck number what covers you in
with those masses of road debris flying
again & again & all over your windshield
so you can’t see
for some endless seconds hold that wheel straight
on this our three lane freeway man trying
& those seconds just don’t want to stop
& you just can’t see through it can you stand it
& is this your journeying truly sincere at all
or is it in fact now merely
just some of your vanities
& silly games & cheap thrills again man
yes just a little bit more of that deadly fun so careless
& I mean you & you too
who else could I mean yes you ‘cause
you’re oh so settled down there
you modern trash so handsome & so brave
can you stand it & hold the wheel through it too
& with all the faith you really have
feel with tibor and & those drivers carrying on
through this endless freezing hell
can you hold that car straight on
& down this winter road tell us
while you know that you’re driving
with some really precious life on board
& it’s fathers mostly and sometimes even mothers too

Through these freezing winter landscapes
we are drivin’ yes & witnesses
& messengers out there &
we’re helping you to carry on with life

So should it ever be getting plainly
boring to you & some nuisance merely
& you’re just not up to this our game anymore
& you take all this for granted too
but you still better don’t blame it
on the wrong side then mate
& still don’t forget to put your trust in me buddy
‘cause you be sure I’ll be trying to tell you
the truth yes if you’d still want to know – it’s
about these hundreds of settlements
bare of nothing also or are they even thousands
you transplant any “3rd“world ghettoes
& spread them out there from greece to the baltics
through these EU winters rags & bones
& all Roma & hardships you name them
& this should sound a measure for
how far we’ve really been travelling down
& I know that you may be
complaining now that you were well
really coming from some better place man &
that this just wasn’t how far you’d been willing
to travel down anyway hey
but this actually is how far we’ve
been riven here & now man & yes
on these winter highways a hundred times
you know & some more on & on &
I’m telling you the truth about
so many of your journeys too
have all those trucks cover you in
with some snow & ice & debris flying
all over your windshield slash for seconds
on endless seconds & you can’t see anymore
again & again & many many times more too
& let this be our metaphor in fact
way more than a hundred thousand miles
through those years & there you’re still driving on
for some street music work in the west
& some little bit of money for a living yes
& out of your most dire needs &
with a little hope for your very dearest too


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