i turned on the tv war news
just to look and wonder why.
thunder crashed and red flash-flowers
bloomed a nightmare in the sky.
so i went down to the cafe
just to string myself along.
on the way i found some riches —
played the jukebox, got this song.
while i sat there a ragged man came —
b-mmed a coffee, talked awhile.
told me stories full of wonder —
left me laughing like a well-loved child.