Two Poems

by Scott Nolan

Winnipeg-based songwriter with seven albums turns focus toward poetry. It began as replacement therapy for smoking cigarettes, but unlike songs, Scott Nolan writes poems while walking.

Elvis and me

 

I like the kind of rain
that upsets people
postpones the softball game
stops traffic and the radio

I am the man
Salvation Army shoes
straightening cigarette butts
in front of the laundry mat
personal Jesus t-shirt

faded blue jeans
hair and beard
all asphalt grey
streaked nicotine orange
this world is always trying to take my breath away

 

Ten above tomorrow

 

I guess there’s something
I kind of love about
the first snowfall of spring
the smell of disappointment in the air
all anyone talks about around here is hockey and the weather
conversational suicide
and me here, like a burnt-out traffic lamp

They’re calling for ten above tomorrow
it can never last

 


Winnipeg-based songwriter with seven albums turns focus toward poetry. It began as replacement therapy for smoking cigarettes, but unlike songs, Scott Nolan writes poems while walking.

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