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September Snow

by Brad Proudlove

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Cold as Hell 02:48
Crystal Ball, Nothing comin’ through at all Western wind, kickin’ up the snow again And the fog in the valley’s made its way ‘to my brain as well Another winter Cold as Hell, daddy’s on his way downhill Heard folks say, they should just send him away But the pain from his liver doesn’t make feelin’ better seem right So we just sit around and fight, barely sleepin’ through the night Waitin’ on the Lord to come, prayin’ that his will be done But the night’s gettin’ longer, we’re not feelin’ much stronger than him So listen to the howlin’ wind, another winter cold as sin Truck won’t start, like a metaphor for all our hearts We can’t bear to admit it but we just weren’t made for this cold But love is patient, so I’m told, there’s no escapin’ growin’ old I can fix myself, but there’s no fixin’ daddy’s health If we just stick together, we can push through this weather somehow Winter won’t last forever, but some nights will be Cold as Hell.
You’re born and you die and somewhere between Something gives you meaning If you’re lucky, at least I was a boy, the age of 18 The world at my feet And nowhere to be I prick of my heart, would flood like the sea But love isn’t easy In fact, that’s what it means As thick, and as cold As the river is froze Easier told, than saddled and rode The older I get, the harder it seems To look out and see The forest for trees A prick of my heart, a slow trickling stream A moment of grief Like dew on the leaves You’re born and you die, and somewhere between Life loses it’s sheen Or is it just me?
Bitter cold, Dry dust and snow at the same time Water’s froze, ridin’ home down the same old line Stayin’ whole, takes more than what I got inside But I still say I’m doin’ fine Out of sight, I don’t mind Movin’ slow, stay quick in the low, keep a sharp eye Prairie rolls, way out ahead in a straight old line Turning home, spend all evening just wonderin’ why I’ve got darkness in my eyes Sunday Next, all dressed up in my cowboy best But in my chest a heart still burns Life’s a test, put the hours in long just like the rest, And hope to hell the tide will turn Back’s near broke, coffee’s cold ‘fore the sunrise September snow, life’s on hold while the crop dries Lone coyote, keepin’ close to what he thinks might die, Lookin’ square into my eye Get along, I’m still alive
Used to Be 02:55
Wild sage has gone to seed, It used to be An AM radio was all I’d ever need Our old age is in the reeds We used to be So damn young and dumb and eager to believe Winter’s in the air, but it’s only September You’re right over there, but I can barely remember you at all At all Put away those earthly things, And follow me There’s something beautiful behind those dying trees One more day gone in a blink, Things used to be So damn long and drawn out waiting through the weeks Winter’s in the air, please return to sender Ain’t no time to prepare, for this earthly surrender to it all It all
Out beneath the stars, the silver moon, no passing cars, I whispered Something in your ear and pulled you closer in my arms. It feels like Everybody else are all a million miles away, I guess they are. Or maybe that’s just something stupid people say Up before the dawn, you kissed me through a stifled yawn We laughed And felt each other’s beating hearts right there upon our arms When people say How can you live out there in such a lonely place I tell them places aren’t lonely Only people are lonely…. Start another fire, a pot of coffee and we’ll sit awhile And Just be here together in each other’s time and space No conversation’s Really needed, everything I have to say Is just A gaze into your eyes, it’s in the warmth of your embrace Maybe we’ll come back on down to earth one of these days But then again, maybe we’ll hold our breath and learn to float away While down below us All the people go about their day to day And we’ll say, places aren’t lonely Only people are lonely…


released December 19, 2019


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Brad Proudlove Rosefield, Saskatchewan

Born and raised in the heartland.

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