lily marlane

Posted: 04/24/2011 in house of change, house of music, house of strangers

the insides of airplanes ‘n’ old folks homes

always smell weird.

when we were ten and eight, got taken to see grandmom

in a place called new spring,

but everybody knew

the winter wind blew right through that place and everybody in it.

still i ain’t sayin

nothin against it…

they had a piano player,

he sang some german crap called lily marlane;

we went runnin down the hall after the sound of it.

don’t run!

(but we ran)

wasn’t nobody gettin off that flight

‘cept us

peelin toward the music

fast as we can.

  1. dustus says:

    Okay, I take it back. Coal Black is definitely not wack 😉 Airplanes do smell funky; so does boiled cabbage

  2. hollyheir says:

    I remember how refreshing it was to leave old people’s houses and get outside and breathe young air, anything fresh. My mother remembered too and kept her house aired out and flowers everywhere. She would not let herself smell “old” and bless her she died at home..quickly and lucidly.

  3. ayala says:

    Written well…the airplane smell and old folks home..just sad.

  4. I love it. I’ve worked in those places, filled with rows of lonely folk sitting in chairs or wheelchairs, parked, dreaming of better days. Love the image of the little kids skittering through, the “only ones getting off that flight”. Wonderfully wrought, Shay.

  5. brian says:

    ha this brings back memories…not quite the same but almost…i like that piano player he is a character and showed us how he could take his thumb off…

  6. hedgewitch says:

    We had a crazy aunt we got taken to see–though I never remember the inside of the institution, just the ride there which was fun. Perhaps its the same for those in that place where you only remember selectively. Coal is cookin in this one, and it isn’t cabbage.

  7. Mama Zen says:

    Whoa! Definitely some sort of psycho link going on!

  8. evocative ‘real’ memories

  9. Reflections says:

    Evocative piece… nostalgic even.

  10. lolamouse says:

    I never want to smell like an old person ( or like the inside of an airplane!)

  11. Lisa says:

    No mention of greyhound busses. Thank god.

  12. ladynimue says:

    This had a sadness about it .. liked how you put it !

  13. Steve Isaak says:

    One of my favorite entries in this week’s meme. Excellent.

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