Tuesday, May 10, 2011

By the Rivers of Babylon

The history of flight is
the history of crashes.
When the cleaning staff found
Bobby Farrell’s dead body,
in Saint Petersburg, in a hotel room,

they whispered

                    Boney M:
the first Western pop-group
to perform in the Soviet Union.

The stain on his pillow
was the hair dye
he never finished putting on…

His flight for Rome
left without him.
It slowly banked
over the Neva
on New Year’s Eve, minus
a backing vocal
that never was his.

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