Flying Shoes (a sonnet for Townes Van Zandt)

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“Days full of rain, sky’s comin’ down again
I get so tired of these same old blues, same old song
baby, it won’t be long ‘fore I be tyin’ on
my flyin’ shoes, flyin’ shoes
till I be tyin’ on my flyin’ shoes”
–Townes Van Zandt

The leaves of autumn linger in my mind,
disturbing the returning of the sun.
I thought my time of shedding skin was done.
Instead I crumble, fragile, in the wind
that blocks the way before I can begin.
The threads I gathered turn away unspun–
the landscape ebbs, and with it shelter—one
by one the seasons falter, fall behind.

If only I could tie myself to stars
and rise, my surface shining like the moon,
my sails like wings that shimmer in the sky–
I’d find a motherland in my guitar,
that I could voice with harmony and song–
a refuge where my dreams could wake and fly.

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I was listening to Lyle Lovett’s 2-CD salute to  Texas songwriters, “Step Inside This House”, which includes so much wonderful music including four songs from Townes Van Zandt.  There is a mystery and a melancholy to all of his music, and “Flyin’ Shoes” has always been a favorite of mine.  Townes died in 1997 at age 52 after years of substance abuse and mental health problems.  I hope he’s got those shoes tied on tight.

I wanted to try another sonnet for the dVerse challenge this month.  This one uses the Petrarchan form, which has a very different rhythm from the Shakespearean.  I’m still reading my way through everyone’s sonnets, but I want to thank dVerse for providing such a good forum to explore this poetic form.  I’ve learned a lot from not only my own attempts at writing, but from seeing the variety of responses.

I also used the Secret Keeper’s prompt words,
LEAF | HOME | ALTER | LIGHT | FRONT 

And here’s Lyle.

 

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32 responses to “Flying Shoes (a sonnet for Townes Van Zandt)”

  1. charlotteash says :

    Such a lovely and melancholy poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. robertawrites235681907 says :

    I like the idea of a sanctuary where your dreams can wake and fly.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    Wow.. this is an impressive second sonnet… the rhyme and meter is flawless and the topic touches the soul finding your own harbor in music.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. petrujviljoen says :

    Resonated with me so much.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. rivrvlogr says :

    You’ve captured the melancholy of the song quite exquisitely.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. D. Wallace Peach says :

    A gorgeous sonnet and painting that complements Lovett’s wistful song. I love the multimedia immersion in art.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jane Dougherty says :

    You have really mastered the sonnet form. So many images in this that I love, the wings, of course.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Sharon Mann says :

    a magical mystery trip…

    Liked by 1 person

  9. merrildsmith says :

    This is beautiful, Kerfe. It’s like a song in itself–the imagery is lovely–and the rhythm and rhyme seem effortless.

    Liked by 1 person

    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Merril. I’m both pleased and surprised it seems effortless…once again this was a long series of editings. Perhaps a clue that I should do that with all my writing, not just the sonnets…

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Sabio Lantz says :

    Very fun, and enjoying the art.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Frank Hubeny says :

    Very nice sound and sentiment.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. moonminded says :

    Wow. I always like the visuals, but this poem was just…wow, I loved it.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Sophia DiNola says :

    I love your word choice and imagery. This is musical and beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Jill Kuhn says :

    Your colors are so vibrant, a lovely contrast to your poem. I had not heard this song before… thanks for sharing it. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

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