Almanac Poetry: ‘Country’ – Tommy Mallet




The punk’s long gone before footy.
These days, I need my energy,
and it wears me out.


Townes Van Zant was on the ute stereo,
was telling us, all easy, about
waiting to die.


Fred Neil crooning low down romance.


Then Jimmie Rodgers appeared.
T is for Texas, 1927,
such a perfect song,
slow and crackling, sliding between
guitar and yodel,
making the ute,
its wind through nowhere,
sweetly slow down.





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