The Duke

from In Reel Time by Jacob Earl

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John Wayne?


far across the country
sleeping in a summer guest bed
I was dreaming wishful wonders
the heat gone to my head

a walk-on part I was granted
blurry, but in reel time
stop-motion enough to see every detail
play out like the scene of a crime

there was no Cary Grant
no Humphrey Bogart
no John Wayne
to teach me Texas hold’em

but I got a backstage nod
From the awesome Aesop Rock
And a collaborative offer
from Will Oldham

Aes made me postcards
Montages of words
And images from magazines
Appropriate and absurd

Billy was constructive;
critiqued my production
but gave props to my licks
and clever sound tricks

the Duke won’t make a comeback
he’s not playing blackjack
with Elvis and Tupac
on a desert isle

but he’s always there in reel time
just press rewind
and play the tape over again
like a dream that’ll never end.


from In Reel Time, released December 4, 2007




Jacob Earl Ottawa, Ontario

Independent DIY queer producer/songwriter/photog.

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