Hello Mr. Death (A Love Song)

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David Hawkins
2012
David Hawkins

Story

"Hello Mr. Death (A Love Song)" started, I suppose, with the way that the last line of the following e. e. cummings' poem has rung in my head since I first heard it:

 

'Buffalo Bill's/ defunct'

  

Buffalo Bill's

        defunct

               who used to

               ride a watersmooth-silver

                                        stallion

        and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat

                                                         Jesus

        he was a handsome man

                             and what i want to know is

        how do you like your blueeyed boy

        Mister Death 

 

 

Beyond the poem's influence was my desire to reframe death. I wanted to balance our fear of death with another view, a sort of yin to the yang of the great terror.

Lyrics

HELLO MISTER DEATH (A LOVE SONG)

 

Hello Mr. Death, Hello Scary Face           

Hello Icy Breath, Hello Big Erase, I know

You could pluck me from this world any time

 

Is that Lady Death I see?  Hey, you sure look fine today

Did you just wink at me? I’d like to steal you away

And take you dancing through the night

 

Chorus:            Mr. Death brings everybody down, down, down

                        Every time he comes around

                        But the Lady she gives me wings to fly

 

Come on Lady D, let’s ditch old What’s-His-Name

You could help me see that I don’t really need the pain

Especially when he says it’s nearly my time to go

 

Chorus:           

 

We’ll dance the Taj Mahal, strut the Vieux Carre

Jump Niagara Falls, stroll the Champs Elysee

Dance with the stars across the Milky Way

 

Chorus:           

 

We’ll do the hoochie coo underneath the moon above

Swim the ocean blue—is there ever time enough?

Do you think, do you think this could be love?

 

©2010 David Hawkins