Should A God Fall Out Of The American Sky

Should a god fall out of the American sky
    like a faded leaf, I’ll run to you.

Should the parchments burn, the columns buckle
    and the monuments collapse, I’ll run to you.

And should the last captain abandon ship 
    in a sea of panic, I’ll run to you

    and (laughing) kiss you

like a kid running through an autumn forest,
    crushing the faded leaves.
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4 thoughts on “Should A God Fall Out Of The American Sky

  1. This reminded me a bit of these lyrics:

    “Stand By Me”

    When the night has come
    And the land is dark
    And the moon is the only light we’ll see
    No I won’t be afraid
    Oh, I won’t be afraid
    Just as long as you stand, stand by me

    So darling, darling
    Stand by me, oh stand by me
    Oh stand, stand by me
    Stand by me

    If the sky that we look upon
    Should tumble and fall
    All the mountains should crumble to the sea
    I won’t cry, I won’t cry
    No, I won’t shed a tear
    Just as long as you stand, stand by me

    And darling, darling
    Stand by me, oh stand by me
    Oh stand now, stand by me
    Stand by me

    So darling, darling
    Stand by me, oh stand by me
    Oh stand now, stand by me, stand by me
    Whenever you’re in trouble won’t you stand by me
    Oh stand by me, oh won’t you stand now, stand
    Stand by me

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    • This started out over 20 years ago as part of another poem before I separated that one into two poems. It was for a young woman who sat next to me in one of my college courses. I had a huge crush on her and wanted to ask her out, but there was a religious barrier–meaning she was religious and I wasn’t. So I never asked her out, and never gave her this poem, which is just as well because it wasn’t nearly as polished then as it is now.

      “Stand By Me” will be playing in my head for the rest of the evening. I’ll sleep good tonight. Thank you.

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  2. This is so beautiful!
    Like thebekster, it reminds me of a song, but a norwegian one, called “and could I write on the sky” by Lars Bremnes:

    “And could I write on the sky
    I’d write your name
    If my life was a ship,
    you would be my harbour
    If I could fetch down the clouds
    I would make a bed for you
    If this mountain was a piano
    I would play Chopin”

    I won’t translate the rest, it is quite long, and I don’t want to imply that your poem doesn’t stand on its own. It really does, I love the tenderness of it, the joy, even in the face of calamity. Thank you for sharing.

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