Daily Archives: October 22, 2008

Off Topic: Today’s Verse 16 Big Clash Dynamite

But first. The first time I ever heard Big Audio Dynamite’s (or rather Big Audio Dynamite II’s) song “The Globe” (back in the 90s), I was speechless. It was just too cool. When I heard their song “Rush,” I kept thinking it would be “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash.

on lacquered brevity
a tableau of sable
with a harpoon honed
for wailing

she wanders up the coast
while milking
the secrets she fought for a day
when sandstone threatens
to repudiate
a man’s loosely packed
claims to her faith

and for a time the engine rises
to that cold november sky
and the sands of the man’s ashes
crumble along the dewy pine

so the man screamed
on trying whistles
his calf muscles singeing
on a marooned cable
a deserted second
chance defeat

–yiqi 22 oct 08 8:20 AM