Marian has introduced a singer she admires to the poets at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.
Tim Eriksen, playing banjo and singing, in the same landscape where Emily Dickenson found inspiration, has shown us there is more than one way to enjoy words that have been a lifelong favourite, with this one in the old Western Massachusetts style.
Marian asks us to write a new poem inspired in any way by her “Hardcore Americana” post, and this is mine.
amazing grace, how new the sound
that comes from lips like these—
we have to listen carefully
to every word 'til we
know it’s the same old hymn made new
by the rare voice of Tim E.
he takes it to some places where
the angels fear to tread
then brings it back
we recognize amazing grace
(despite the banjo on his face)*
* watch the whole video, it's fascinating