Songwriting Confidential #71

SONGWRITING CONFIDENTIAL 71.

FIVE TO THE NORTH IN THE BROILING HEAT
SWOLLEN AND RAGGED DELIRIOUS FEET
ABANDONED AS BIRDS IN THE ARCTIC FREEZE
CRAWL IN THE BLAZING SAND ON THEIR KNEES

FOUR TO THE EAST IN A KILLER TYPHOON
FURIOUS WINDS ASSAULTING THE MOON
BATTERED AND PUMMELED BY FLYING DEBRIS
RAPED BY THE SCOURGE OF A DERELICT SEA

THREE TO THE WEST IN THE MOUNTAINS OF DEATH
MAULED BY THE PEAKS WITH ICE IN THEIR BREATH
CANYONS OF MALICE, GORGES OF WRATH
NO WAY AROUND, NO WAY TO PASS,

TWO TO THE SOUTH WHERE THE BANDITS ROAM
STEALING THE MARROW OUT OF THEIR BONES
NAKED AND HOMELESS, SET ON BY BEASTS
DRAGGING THEM INTO THEIR DENS BY THE FEET

ONE TO THE STARS EMERGES ALONE
WITH DIAMONDS FOR EYES, AND EMERALDS FOR BONES
VICTORIOUS CREATURE, THROUGH TORMENT HAS WON
HOLDS A GYPSY GUITAR UP TO THE SUN..