Hammer in the Morning


Old Pete died last week 

and they said all the usual 

nice things like they did for 

Nelson a month ago and 

will again next month for 

whoever it might be gets 

called up then.


And the banality of it all 

drives me to parse the words 

in search for some meaning 

'Til I find myself asking–– 

What kind of love 

gets hammered in the morning?”


About this: The tributes that followed Pete Seeger’s death, a banal ritual now expected on the death of any celebrity, took me to think about the lyrics of some of his better known work, and to question why we find appeal in songs that present ideas that seem bizarre, like his goal of “hammering out love”.

 © Philip Knight 2018