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Sea of Tranquility

14 Dec 2023 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

There is a pile of wordsstacked in the hallway It could be a poem,or a purpose But it isn't I was tired, so I took my restbeside a sea of digitalnoise Somewhere on the moon The locals observed me withcurious amusement I spelled "S.O.S." in giant let...

The Last Highway

11 Dec 2023 2 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

“We need the possibility of escape as surely as we need hope; without it the life of the cities would drive all men into crime or drugs or psychoanalysis.”Edward Abbey   I packed my van this weekend, for a trip I may never take.  I don't have any fur...

And The Asshat Saw The Angel

7 Dec 2023 7 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"I am God.  I am God thinking about Godthinking about Steve McQueen."Nick Cave   I was living in my van in Jerome, Arizona when One More Time With Feeling was re-released in December 2016.  It had come out in September, but I'd been in New Orleans tr...

Death Inside of Life

5 Dec 2023 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"Le Ravissement de Frank N. Stein" is a short film made by Georges Schwizgebel in 1982.  It depicts the point of view of a monster moving through an alienating series of rooms towards an unknown goal, before finally falling in love with a crazy perso...

What I Learned From Shane MacGowan

2 Dec 2023 3 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"May the ghosts that howled 'round the house at nightNever keep you from your sleepMay they all sleep tight down in hell tonightOr wherever they may be"Lullaby of London   I've been dreading this day for a long time.  I was thinking about it recently...

The Rich Man of Mid-Wilshire

30 Nov 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from...

The Neon Gaschamber

28 Nov 2023 1 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

The Neon Gaschamber   I was napping through the war I heard nothing when the armored bumper cars overran the city, and ran off with my garbage, my garden of debris Weird, smokingbones of bicycleswere scattered on the lawn A motorcycle melted The rid...

A Tragic Heart

27 Nov 2023 6 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

“All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.”Proverbs 15:15   I considered making this the most honest piece of writing I have ever written, but that would be impossible.  There's no way to tell the...

Thank You Jesus For The Eternal Present

25 Nov 2023 8 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"Part of being a songwriter is to forever live in a state of trepidation as to what the next song may bring... Each comes with its own inherent danger."Nick Cave   It's all therapy.  Or can be.  It certainly has been the case for me.  Maybe that's wh...

A Tale of Two Riots

24 Nov 2023 4 minute read 0 comments Nathan Payne

"And if I seem to be afraidTo live the life that I have made in song,It's just that I've been losing so long,I've stopped my dreaming"These Days   I don't know if you've noticed, but the world lost its sense of humor.  More than that, it's obsolete. ...