Wastelands and Casinos

from by Radoslav Lorkovic



I awoke too early Thanksgiving day in the heart of Jackson County Iowa. Snow had magically dressed the landscape. I longed for coffee--but didn't want to disturb the frenetic pace of the cooking downstairs. I recalled the years' epic drives to a Jimmy Lafave tune stuck in my head. I remember the yellow legal pad this was written on. Nov 2007.


Its headed right down the middle of the road
its on a flight plan that's just about to load
you can fight for some enigmatic code
but you just might never make it home

the cold wind is always sure to blow
down the back roads of where you've been before
the jackknifed semis down the road
won't crack under the pressure and the load

you cant stop the wind in the middle of Wyoming
the dust storms in the panhandle will never stop blowing
the right wing of a dove wont flap any harder
no matter how far you have to get to the border

The white sands and missiles pass you by
like a straight flush that's handed on the fly
the wastelands and casinos of your mind
wont bring back those things you left behind

your waistband is stretching near and far
the wristband they gave you has expired
your past life is headed to the bar
as you orbit around some failed star



from Wastelands and Casinos, released September 10, 2010


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