“Tom and Rikki Lee”

They had a wildness that I couldn’t get to in the same way anymore, if I ever knew it.
They had gypsy clothes on no matter what they wore,
it was how they moved,
how to wear a hat,
and you can’t teach natural cool like that.
They sat with their legs tangled up, their hands were each other’s and his on her foot,
so intimate alone together in a crowd. What are you people doing here anyway?
Waiting on the poetry?
That’s We.

 

 

 

a poem about Tom Waits and Rikki Lee Jones, inspired by a photo of them taken by Adrian Boot.