My Second Mind

Plate 114, Eadweard Muybridge

“If I had’a followed
my first mind
I’d a been gone
since my second time.”

—Chester Arthur Burnett

I built a house by the river side
I and I and the search for I
Stand watching that river rise

This whole town got the wobbles
Get the kids back safe alive
I built a house by the river side

Heavy weather come threaten I
This country dumb with guns
Stand watching that river rise

My first mind should be dead by now
Scramble up the walls sedition eyed
I built a house by the river side

My first mind requires sedation
Use the word calamity in a sentence
Stand watching that river rise

Again and again the situation
I and the river I and I
Built a house on the river I
Stand watching that river rise.