The Wheeler’s Wail by James Diaz

the way Cheryl sings about driving home
and richard thompson
and you know it hurts so bad
that left hand turn
past the old bars and barns
and the father, there is always a father
that died
before one was ready to let go
those earthly bodies
oh this one takes up so much space
she knows it, the singer
ready to make everyone laugh
so as not to be weighed down
with tears that ripple against the hearts darkest little corner
sylvia hotel will destroy you
but then she’ll sing about her cat
and big pharma
she’ll act tough
so you don’t stare with pity
so that you’ll keep good distance
between what you think you know about her
and what is really true

©2018 James Diaz

Editor’s note: You can learn more about Cheryl Wheeler’s music here, and access a live video of her singing “Sylvia Hotel” here. —DSS


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Bio: James Diaz is the author of This Someone I Call Stranger (2018) Indolent Books. In 2016 he founded the online literary arts and music journal Anti-Heroin Chic to provide a platform for often unheard voices, including those struggling with addiction, mental illness and Prison/confinement. His work has appeared in Occulum, Bone & Ink Press, Moonchild Magazine, Memoir Mix-Tapes and Drunk Monkeys. He resides in upstate New York, in between balanced rocks and horse farms. He has never believed in anything as strongly as he does the power of poetry to help heal a shattered life.

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