Long Lasting Long
For Neil Young
The harvest moon,
bright at the brink of sunset,
lingers lazily over farm fields,
light letting work last a little longer,
long, long road from Kent to Malibu:
cerebral palsy twice, epilepsy too,
abandonment, band trouble, label trouble, Woolsey Fire,
a dire aneurysm threatens to burst the bubble
but cannot extinguish the bright orange beacon
holding vigil as the evening turns cold
beckoning onward the tousled old man
still searching for a heart of gold.
At our recent Panoply show in Walnut Creek, I wrote and read this tribute poem to Neil Young as Disney artist Tom Matousek (www.TomMatousek.com) unveiled the iconic painting pictured above. Singer/songwriter Forrest Reed, backed by guitarist Clay Collins and drummer Gary Kaplowitz, followed with a sweet rendition of Young’s classic song Harvest Moon, the image around which this poem revolves.