It Takes Too Long To Get It All Wrong

All night sleep was a mystery I couldn't solve.

It came in sideways against the glass.

The steady pulse distracted me.

I let my thoughts wander.

The calm has returned.

Temporal respite.


I have just wrapped up an hour of email exchange with a friend. We didn't get anything figured out entirely. It was an exchange about the books we both think we're writing.

Was it really all about choices that could have been made?

Wasn't it just handed to us to figure out?

Is there any way to know?


Sunday a.m. is set aside for some listening if I can find a few moments to do it.

I'm always pushing away necessary tasks it seems.

I catch myself wondering these days.


Wide awake, chasing a dream, traveling to the place I've never been.

Returning to the place I never left.

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Comment by alsoknownas on October 16, 2016 at 9:05am

I was told this morning.

My friend is about to walk among the dead.

Letters are written and sent.

Comment by Rosigami on October 16, 2016 at 9:13am

What a beautifully constructed and evocative piece. The musical addition is perfect.

I know those nights all too well. 

When rumination and conjecture bring no light, it's time to pick a path and just go. I do that. It might seem impulsive to some, but it's really not. It's about making a choice with a kind of optimism, with faith in the knowledge that something will happen as a result- a painting, a story, it could be anything. (Your book is calling you.)

Comment by alsoknownas on October 16, 2016 at 9:25am


Thanks for stopping by.

I can't sit still any more. My writing is tabled until later. Daily tasks calling need to get out of the way. Biz can wait.

I have some ancient sounds that must be found in the afternoon. That's the call for the day.

The guys on the morning e-mail chain seem upset at the friend who won't take Doctor's orders. I'm not. It's his call.  I told them:

We’re all smart guys. Every one of us has been the smartest guy in some room.

But not every room.

Not every time.


He missed the lesson.

Comment by Zanelle on October 16, 2016 at 9:34am

Soon to be walking among the dead....ooh.  my.  Too soon.  The music you gave us this morning is just perfect...all that strumming and picking warms me with the Blues.  thanks

Comment by JMac1949 Today on October 16, 2016 at 9:46am

R&L, condolances hard to lose a friend in any manner.

Comment by alsoknownas on October 16, 2016 at 9:47am


Otis Taylor is a favorite of mine. Myriad likes him too. Maybe she will see this.

Gotta run, things to do. Plan to get an hour or so by a chimney fire later with a few of my own instruments now that the wind and rain have subsided. I intend to get lost.

Note: His violinist Anne Harris is just way too fabulous. Further in on the link. WOW!

Comment by alsoknownas on October 16, 2016 at 9:53am


It's a long story.

Enjoy the music.

That's what has the enduring power.

Poets will tell you it's love.

Comment by Phyllis on October 16, 2016 at 10:11am

I think sometimes it's worse if the person dies because they didn't want to take care of themselves; it feels to me to be a bit selfish, especially if they ask for pity as they die. I hope your day is going well and that your friend passes easy.

Comment by alsoknownas on October 16, 2016 at 11:06am


Known him since I was 10. Grew up on same street. Newest e-mail says it's not so dire yet as originally reported. Too much drama.

But we have had a complete falling out anyway a year ago and I'm way past caring.

He'll waste time getting there and I'm not going to watch.

Carried his dad's casket but won't carry his.

Comment by Phyllis on October 16, 2016 at 1:56pm

Ah, I understand. So how was your music?


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