Man In Reverse

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Here's a man in reverse
He rehearses songs he hasn't sung since he was eight years old
On the stage, Peter Pan, he played the leading role

How he swam out to sea as a young man
Before the war
Before he wore a rifle on his shoulder
Before he sat behind a desk and got older

Now Norman is dying
and finally dying to live after living so many years dead
What's been normal to Norman is blind movement forward
Now moving backward is the only way ahead

To the old days
Does it ever get better than the old days?
And in some way,
Can an old man wake tomorrow in the old days?

Here's a man in reverse
Look how he searches
for memories of color to dress this black and white poem
in a cluttered drawer he found the sand dollar that brought him back to his home

He stood on the beach that next Monday
On the shore of his youth he surely used to swim to the horizon
He sure he could touch the sun just one last time

Norman is dying
and finally dying to live after living so many years dead
What's been normal to Norman is blind movement forward
Now moving backward is the only way ahead

Behind every half-step
Below every compromise
was a voice deep inside Norman's chest
That sang: Fool, old fool! When will you remember that a moment lived is worth a thousand years?

Swim Norman swim to the edge of this world
- - -
Swim Norman swim off the edge of this world
- -

To the old days
Does it ever get better than the old days?
And in some way,
Can an old man wake tomorrow in the old days?

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from Spirits Rebellious, released March 18, 2017

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