I was a bum in ’73

after Robert S.

I was a bum in ’73
living off savings
in San Diego

My wife at the time
my first wife
(a 3 year marriage)
attended UCSD
at her parents expense
I can’t remember
what her major was
her parents didn’t like me much
I liked her though

I surfed once in awhile
smoked a lot of weed
and always had a bottle at my side
sometimes a friend too
not a girlfriend

It’s ’15 now
life’s train has dropped
me in dialysis city
that’s where I live
Twin Falls dialysis Idaho

Life’s not bad
I’ve been around
seen a lot
got my Harley
a wife
a nice big fire pit
a place for friends to gather

We talk about the wild days
the biker days
the drugs the rock-n-roll
the fights the accidents
the sauce
the sweet and sour sauce

It’s kind of a wonder
i guess a miracle
that i made it this far
let’s not talk about
my friends who didn’t

this summer i’ll take
my Harley
not my wife
down to Elko
across to Reno
and over Donner Pass

I want to see
some old forest
and old friends

If I time it right
(missing only one treatment)
I probably won’t die