TSM 168 — Home (for Bob Dylan)


Photography by Artist, Jasper James

Slapped by labels, sprinkled with stardust,
and he’s worn the tread off of more than a few
pair of boots. He’s snapped more strings
than gum snapped at a bazooka joe convention.
He’s been spelled by potions and powders,
fondled by hungry groupies, and chiseled by
more than a few managers. He’s had new loves,
breakups, cat fight jealousies, and regroups.
He croons to soothing clickety-clack
in his sleep as he goes from town to town.
He can’t remember how long it’s been since
he’s been home. He carries her in his soul
like a turtle carries home; it’s all the way down.

The figure in the photo looks like a young Bob Dylan to me, which is why my poem is in honor of him.

Carrie is today’s host of The Sunday Muse.

54 Comments Add yours

  1. coalblack says:

    Nice! Got to love the enigma that is Bob.

    –Shay

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Shay!

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  2. Sadje says:

    Beautiful tribute Li

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje 🙂

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome

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  3. (flower) says:

    This is incredible—especially your line breaks and sound. It was definitely written to be read aloud.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Flower, thank you. I just went back and read it aloud and I agree 🙂

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  4. Carrie V. H. says:

    Love this tribute to Bob! I love where the image took you Lisa! Beautiful!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Carrie, thank you for the image as it made the poem easy to write 🙂

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  5. Beverly Crawford says:

    Gorgeous tribute to Dylan. Beautifully crafted.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Beverly, and welcome back from your vaca!

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  6. Helen Dehner says:

    Mr. Zimmerman and I turn 80 this year! What a journey it’s been, for Robert and for Helen. His music is magic.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Helen, that is terrific that you and Zimmy are same age, I take that as a good sign for both of you. I’m glad you’re a fan of his music, he’s given a lot of joy to the world over time — and is still going strong, just like you! ❤

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  7. qbit says:

    “He’s snapped more strings / than gum snapped at a bazooka joe convention” – soo good!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, q!

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  8. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Love that picture… and “and he’s worn the tread off of more than a few
    pair of boots.” amen to that.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Max. Unreal he’s almost 80 now.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        I know…I can’t believe it. Him and Ringo are 80 and over.

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      2. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        BTW Lisa…I’ll have to do the self help youtube this week…I’ve been working since 5…I was called.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          OK cool. Have you chosen what youtube you’re going to watch yet?

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            No…give me some direction….I’m not sure what to draw…any suggestions? I’m serious about this…I would like to learn

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            1. msjadeli says:

              I suggest you choose something you really want to draw. Have you decided what you want to draw? Once you decide that just go to youtube and put “draw _______ tutorial” in the search box. It should give you some options.

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              1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                I’m embarassed to tell you what I’ve always wanted to draw. I tried and tried and I couldn’t ever do it…I’ll do that but here is what I’ve always wanted to draw
                it’s silly…when I was 20 I tried and tried…was going to ask my friend to help but I didn’t.

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                1. msjadeli says:

                  What is it????

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                  1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                    Oh it’s the cartoon Beatles…lol… I’m going to do it.

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                    1. msjadeli says:

                      AWESOME!!!!!!!!! Did you find your youtube for it yet?

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                    2. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                      I can’t believe it but I found this:

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                    3. msjadeli says:

                      Very cool. There ya go!

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  9. gillena says:

    Both our ears are attuned to croons this morning. Enjoyed your poem

    Happy Sunday

    Much💜love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Gillena 🙂

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  10. memadtwo says:

    A singular phenomenon is Mr Dylan. Great capture of his restless spirit. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Kerfe. He has been on the road a long time…

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      1. memadtwo says:

        And I don’t think he’ll stop.

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  11. Sunita Prasad says:

    This is lovely!…He carries her in his soul!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much, Sunita.

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  12. Jim says:

    Bob Dylan was born in May 1941 so in 1966 he would have been 25. I am not familiar with this song but do know a lot of them.
    ..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      He’s been around for awhile…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Mark.

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      1. Mark Tulin says:

        You’re welcome.

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  13. Susie Clevenger says:

    Oh, I love what this poem says and the rhythm you written into it. Love Bob Dylan. Of all places he has chosen Tulsa, Oklahoma for his museum. I guess it makes sense because its right down the street from one of his biggest influences, Woody Guthrie. Can’t wait to go visit it when it opens.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much, Susie 🙂 I had no idea he was building a museum and am taken aback by the location but when you say it’s near Woody I understand. Is there a museum for him there also? When is Bob’s supposed to open? OK is a fer piece from here!

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  14. Portofino says:

    I love the feel of this poem. While I don’t know much about R. Zimmerman, I suspect you’ve captured essences of his life/career in a senses-filled capsule.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much!

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  15. wyndolynne says:

    Lovely–the contrast between what is worn away and what is protected…this makes me wonder if the songs are a place to conceal an idea or another layer to be given away.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Insightful comment, Wyndolynne. Thank you.

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  16. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Ooh, nice!
    I definitely feel like I’m sitting in a cafe right now with a beret tilted on my head, then when you’re done reading, we all snap our fingers.
    And I love love love the last line: “He carries her in his soul
    like a turtle carries home; it’s all the way down.”
    Yes!
    IT’S ALL THE WAY DOWN
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Haha! I love your comment! While I’ve got you in the comment box, what’s the latest on your book???

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  17. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Omg, you’re a fricking mind reader, Li !!!!
    Thank you so much for asking.
    I was just talking to my husband THIS MORNING saying I was thinking of combining book III and IV just into book III because it’s taking SO LONG to get them out–I kinda want it to be over.
    As for book II….. it’s delayed till next year now, due to COVID.
    But I do appreciate your curiosity. Thank you.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I’m like the Gary Larson dog, where the guy is talking to his dog but all she hears is her name. All I can see is that there is going to be books III and IV or book III-IV. Yippee!!!!!

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  18. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Hahahaha. Exactly! How I feel about so many things, the result just being my name only, hahaha.

    But thank you. You made my day !!!!

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