The Shakes by Joe Johnston (I AM STILL WAITING Series)

Silver Birch Press

big-sur-coastline.jpg!LargeThe Shakes
by Joe Johnston

I am still waiting for the shakes to stop.
I am still waiting for the magic of Big Sur
to envelop me in calm
comfort, to
let
me
breathe.

I did the work; I rejected the
mythos and I rejected the
ritual and I decamped to the
valley. And I waited.

I
wait
ed.

I waited as the shakes continued
and I waited as the Fall rolled in and
the tide rolled out.

boom

BOOM

The beats go on as the
Beats went on, and
I don’t have the right map so I’m
lost, off the road, a city light
my only beacon, waiting for
the. shakes. to. stop.

PAINTING:Big Sur Coastline by Eyvind Earle.

kerouac ferlinghettiNOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: A popular book many young people read to broaden their boundaries is Jack Kerouac’s 1957 novel On the Road. But I don’t feel that…

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