The Golden Voice

The Golden Voice by RJ Hoffman   A voice recorded, stored alive cackles to coffins and creaking cauldrons, with lines that break into dust Ghost personifications buried, so many lumps on a hill a row for each generation back to back and side by side pointing the finger, asserting direction with hairy knuckled shiny diamonds…

The Guy Who Fixes My Car

Amy’s just walking but he’s just talking hey now, she’s wondering, we were walking with no one talking what went wrong how… weed tops sway with the indistinguishable color of his tones. The sound of his voice is mowed down by a passing fire engine. He was saying something about others not paying attention And…

Tripartite

A pigeon that gathers in the alley I’ve thrown him crumbs someone must have scared too much to trust me today. Ahead, a drunk swerves on the sidewalk just as I am approaching He doesn’t see me behind and he staggers from side to side and coughs when I try to go around him again…

Note From a Dandelion

I used to see the way you looked at me sometimes you would stop and stare like the sun would split open your eyes and suddenly you’d become aware That the day gave to me what it gave to you though you couldn’t explain how you looked at me and knew I’ve seen some strange…

Is On Ys

I am still working on a decent take for the Youtube video of the 10th song from American Success Story. So I thought I would begin presenting the lyrics of the next work in progress after American Success. Follow the link after the poem to play the track. Is On Ys Don’t always mean a…

Broken Guitar

There are eleven acts, or songs in American Success Story. Pete Chandala is an ignominious factory worker in his mid fifties. The first scene songs, 1-2, begin with Pete losing his job and finding another one. The second scene songs, 3-5, tell of his childhood and the death of his mother and uncle. The third…

American Success Story Ch. 7, Love Me Strong

This is the second song, or act of scene 3. It presents a sentimental remembrance of the woman who was the mother of Pete’s daughter. Love Me Strong All the spirit in my eyes walked away with you despite misgiven memories misspent still I need you as when we first met She said Love me…

Daddy Let’s Play – American Success Story Ch. 6

American Success Story is a short book of poetry that is told in song. The book has eleven chapters, and is set in four scenes. The two acts in the first scene introduce Pete Chandala, a factory worker in his mid fifties. The three acts in Scene two tell us about his childhood. Scene three…

Chapter Five, American Success Story – Peace At Summer’s End

Pete Chandala, American Success Story Chapter 5, Scene 2, Act 3 Peace at Summer’s End by RJHoffman Last chapter, Pete has lost his mother as she is is crossing the road while coming to pick him up from school. He runs to see her bleeding in the road, and is so horrified he runs away….

American Success Story ch. 4

Chapter 4 Alone and Bleeding Pete Chandala American Success Story or Scene two Act two by RJHoffman In chapter three, Child In the Field, Pete told us a little about himself as a boy growing up on his father’s pig farm. He is an introverted child who spends much time to himself, wandering through the…