Lyrics to Genji

Genji, I dreamt the horse again last night. 
But this time I was riding it.
It was so dark, and my eyes stung.
The wind whipped through
the invisible trees.  It takes
a body to know the wind
is there, to know a horse
is under you.  So it was you,
I guess, that pressed against
my flanks, and it was you
who filled my ears with noise.
When I press back,
you have a shape to fill.
Genji, where will you go
when I am in the ground,
unless a tree grows from my mouth?

Adam Penna


4 Responses to “Lyrics to Genji”

  1. 1 Borja December 31, 2007 at 11:55 pm

    You sure that Adam Penna wrote it, and not Iggy Pop? It is great!
    Happy new year

  2. 2 uspoetsabroad January 5, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Yes, I’m almost sure that Iggy Pop did not write it. Iggy, in his own way, is a fine lyricist. Poet, however, he is not. Happy New Year!

  3. 3 Borja January 5, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Quise decir que me ha impresionado mucho este poema, de veras; me ha impactado.
    And I often dream the horse, as well. Can´t find the words in english to describe it…

    Feliz año nuevo.

  4. 4 WAEL MOREICHEH January 3, 2009 at 2:19 am

    good dream if and well words
    wael moreicheh

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