Sunday, April 17, 2016
Songs I Love in 88 Words or Less: "Salvation"
“Salvation,” Elton John & Bernie Taupin
The latest installment in my little series—for my mom on her birthday. (It’s not the first time my card has arrived a day late. )
At the bottom of the hill I met a man with a cane, carrying a pack of Dunhill Blues.
“I’m going to quit,” he said, "when I get to the end of the street."
“Good luck,” I said.
“I’m going to quit today.”
I saw my mother fall at the bottom of the hill.
She couldn’t talk, eyes shut to light
She squeezed my hand when she got there:
A developing Polaroid of a shy ingenue,
a violet on her first day in the world.
I don’t think I’ve shared my own video here before—it was a limited release, and supposed to be as close to a minute as possible : )