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Get Rooted!

from The 12th Letter by Ford Pier

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If I were liquor, I’d be a kind of aqua vitae
Good for your ticker, seldom have you hug the bidet
Slivovitz or Lion’s Tears or Cuvee Bruts

I’ll cop to a penchant for being overly familiar
If I’m a mensch and a balebus it wouldn’t kill ya
Still sure to quench and rejuvenate so fill yer boots

Pray what sort of chap d’you think you’d marry?
One who’s welcomed anywhere he roams
Speed your departure from the estuary
A Manc around the house
A Brummie or a Scouse

Somebody Gaulish who’d kiss your hand and call you madam
Someone with polish who’d waggle his wings if he had ‘em
Poised to demolish anything that demolition suits

One whose Weltanschauung’s less Germanic
One with shorter words and lighter tomes
Whose eschatology is messianic
A Rasta or a Druze
The sub-Saharan blues

Maybe I’ll cloister - an ashram or a monastery
Mum as an oyster, forbearant as a dromedary
No more to roister, forgoing all worldly pursuits

When I get back to
get back to my roots


from The 12th Letter, released September 24, 2021
John Korsrud: trumpet


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Ford Pier Vancouver, British Columbia

Ford: v.t. to cross by wading (Webster)
Pier: n. a disappointed bridge (Joyce)

Ford Pier has a rock band called The Vengeance Trio and a string quartet called Strength Of Materials. There's ten or eleven albums of this stuff, and more on its way. You just watch. ... more


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