Tag Archives: Homage to the Authors and Songwriters of Americana

Willy Vlautin

All those long roads
all those dark roads,
leading out into
that Big Somewhere,
faraway and years to come,
places and times
not yet memorised,
the adventure
the challenge
of all them windmills
lined up in a row
for you to tilt at;
Long ago Pindar wrote
that he would not
suffer envious oblivion
to graze upon the
deeds of heroes,
and neither do you;
along those dark roads
along those roads
leading out into
the Big Somewhere,
without pomp
without ceremony,
your words
tell of different heroes.


(Willy hasn’t written all the very best songs that I’ve
ever heard,but he sure has written a lot of them.)

Magnificat : Suburban Shopping Mall

small-time dealer,
five dollar wraps
weekdays in the
shopping mall carpark
Saturdays behind
the Diamond Bar,
crumpled currency
changing hands,
churned in sweatpalmed
assignations between
college kids trailertrash
loners losers;
The 4-door Sedan appeared,
wound down its window
called him over,
smalltime shrugged,
his smalltown demeanour
got mistaken
for an insult;
Deus Ex Machina,
they took what smalltime
wasn’t willing to give,
they left him
beside the shopping mall,
his crumpled life
changing hands
in the dust,
loners losers trailertrash
college kids interrupted
their smalltown assignations,
to watch as the Sedan
wound up its window