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Jim Clark: Music

Saying Goodbye

(Jim Clark)
September 11, 2003
Jim Clark

Saying Goodbye


If you arrive before me

go in

the house is unlocked

and only the ghost of an old violence

guards the door


On the table

you will find a cache of bright weapons


for a hand’s loving grasp


you will know what to do


But if you should come late

and find me already there

—whisper of a shadow in the gable window—

then you must wear this silver dollar

in the pocket over your heart


My aim is steady, love

I will not fail