the whisperin' duke

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The Whisperin’ Duke

My father’s maple out back
Down among the roots I buried my dog Jack
I’m a duke in exile brother far from me
Through my kitchen window this is what I see
Under the branches crawl the shadows

First I’ll close your eyes then I’ll close mine
Weary I’ll lay down, this body of mine
This body of mine
I lofted my banner … rode full bore
On all of the sleepwalkers in this bar
I declare war, I declare war, I declare war.

I’ve got a shovel gonna work it with my back
And dig another hole next to my dog Jack
I’ll give a name to all my living hurt
Speak it to the ground from my lips unto the earth.
I’ll whisper in that hole and fill it, fill it up with dirt


My work is done; I’m finished with beneath
Gonna lean that shovel up against the tree
I’ll walk away exile on my back
Leave my father’s maple: I’m never coming back
Under the branches crawl the shadows
Under the shadows crawl the roots reaching out
My sport is war


from the art of swimming, released June 20, 2017



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leo crandall Syracuse, New York

I am a singer/songwriter/composer. I play the requinto, cello and guitar. I have toured Africa sponsored by the State Dept., nominated for Australia’s Bluestar Award, charted #14 nationally in Roots and Blues, received a Meet the Composer Grant. I have composed film scores, dance scores, theater music and ambient sound for installations. My music has been heard all over the world. ... more

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