Falling Down

Please note:  the italicized words aren’t mine.  They are from an Oasis song called Falling Down.  Click the link if you want to hear the song while you read the poem.

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GetoutofmywayGetoutofmyway
goddamnitgetoutofmyway
                                                          A summer sun
                                                         that blows my mind                                                        
18 wheels are slow
handicap tags even
                             slower
still.
                                                       is falling down
                                                      on all that I’ve ever known

GetoutofmywayGetoutofmyway
goddamnitgetoutofmyway
                                                      Time to kiss
                                                      the world goodbye  
Can’t you see this car is
built for speed even as
I, though that might
                               surprise
you.
                                                    A dying scream
                                                   makes no sound
We both have new
shoes made just for this road
and we know every kink every
curve every cliff every place
to pass however not-so
                                     safely 
so,
                                                           Here am I
                                                          lost and found
GetoutofmywayGetoutofmyway
goddamnitgetoutofmyway
                                                         calling out 
                                                         to all that I’ve ever known
Running lights-off 
in the dusk in the
purple, Angus black
stains atop the 
                       resting
grass.
                                                       We live a dying dream
                                                       if you know what I mean
GetoutofmywayGetoutofmyway
goddamnitgetoutofmyway
                                                       All that I’ve ever known
                                                      It’s all that I’ve ever known
My curve is there
just there, that one 
just beyond you, the
sharp one the banked
one the one with
                          no
rail,
                                                       Catch the wind
                                                       that breaks the butterfly
GetoutofmywayGetoutofmyway
goddamnitgetoutofmyway
                                                      I cried the rain
                                                     that fills the ocean wide
October wind blows
cold across fingers leather
laced by grey ’round
the wheel in grey ‘neath
the sky of grey, when there
                                          they
are.
                                                        I tried to talk to God
                                                       to no avail
GetoutofmywayGetoutofmyway
goddamnitgetoutofmyway
                                                      Calling out 
                                                      to all that I’ve ever known
In a Kansas car the
colour of caution, hovering
at someone’s speed
limit at someone’s
                             not
mine.
                                                         A dying scream
                                                        makes no sound
GetoutofmywayGetoutofmyway
goddamnitgetoutofmyway
                                                       We live 
                                                       a dying dream
A woman in the
back, bespectacled age-
less and pillowed turns
to look with sleepy
eyes suddenly so 
                           full
of fear,
                                                   Time to kiss
                                                   the world Goodbye
GetoutofmywayGetoutofmyway
goddamnitge 
                                                  Falling down 
begging me
                  to
stop.
                                              on all that I’ve ever known                                                        
Did I 
Did I
        stop
because of her
Did I 
        stop 
because of god 
Did I
        stop
because of
                      you
You
                                          Calling my name out of nowhere
                                          saying, ‘If you won’t save me, 
                                         please don’t waste my time.’
Did I
       stop
because falling down
is all 
that I have
                ever
known?                                                  

© s rogers 2008
lyrics © Noel Gallagher Oasis Music 2007

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