poem: To Kenny by Dandelion de la Rue


Free spirit friend
You wandered into town
For just a little while
Not long enough for me
Free spirit friend
I wish you’d stayed
A little longer.

We shared a mile
of this long dusty road
I watched how you walked it
like it wasn’t really there
But the road it
called you away
too soon for me.

Some mystery day
I’ll find that road
I’ll be on it too
and I’ll look for you
but I got a feelin
that you’ll always
be ahead of me.

I learned from you
My free spirit friend
for just a little while
not long enough for me
Free spirit friend
I wish you’d stayed
A little longer.

– Dandelion de la Rue
editor’s note: written for Kenny Swank,
a drummer for John Lee Hooker in the ’70’s
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