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Spring Peace piece

May 27th, 2014 · 14 Comments · Grateful Dead, Poetry



Spring Peace piece


Gonna ring a big ding
Calling out from Sing-Sing
Gonna have a spring fling
Kinda have an inkling

Everything is gonna sell
Comin’ out the dripping well
Middle East a burning hell
Clanging morning warning bell.

The toast is up, the jam is done
Twisted people think it’s fun
Blowin’ neighbors with a gun
Sneaky-creepy bang-bang run!

B for bombing and belabor
S for slitting with a saber,
I don’t know, but “Love thy neighbor”
Seems to me was from your labor.

Jumpin’ Jesus what went wrong?
Rodney King sez “get along”
Lennon leaves us with a song
Bloomberg does it with a bong!

The Dalai Lama makes the case,
And Jerry did it out of space,
Alicia’s singing soul’s new face
But best of all is this new place!

I’ll tell ya why, it’s cuz we’re here,
It’s live, it’s now, ya have a beer!
Top me up with living cheer!
I’m Sargent Pepper feeling gear!

We’re … water water everywhere,
Make us grow and make it better;
Water water everywhere
Take the dry and make ’em wetter

Spring is here, I smell the bloomin’
Many minds on Bowery zoomin’
Beatin’ back the glummy gloomin’
Trippin’ like you’re mushy schroomin’
Honest like you’re Harry Truman
Shooting wicked witches broomin’
Martin Luther King exhumin’
Everybody here’s a crewman,
Take your soul and keep on groomin’
Spike the spirit, keep on zoomin’

All it takes is bein’ human.


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Be The Invincible Spirit You Are

Sans Sons — A Song In Names Only

Where Wayward Jekylls Hyde — The Mighty Bama-Rama Rap

The Royal Woods of Cassady County

The Boys Who Grew From Northern Lands

A Song of Enid I Sing 

The Carolyn Cassady Birthday Poem

A Shakespearian Cassady

Smokin’ Charlie’s Saxophone

The Ballad of The Profiteers

Sittin’ On My Roof In New Orleans


by Brian Hassett

photo by Brian Hassett — Olympic Park, London, 2012


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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Megan Reese // May 27, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Hey Mr. B!
    Another great one. I could hear the rhythms from here. 😉

  • 2 Albert Kaufman // May 28, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    “All it takes is being human.”
    Love it!
    More please.

  • 3 Deb Reul // May 31, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I remember you reading this with Amram and Co. backing you up at the Bowery Poetry Club. Great times.

  • 4 Levi Asher // Jun 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Love the New York sensibility.

  • 5 Chris Welch // Jun 2, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    You read this for us at our house one time!
    And nice to see the spring flowers from London!!
    Rock on, brutha!

  • 6 Brian Humniski // Jun 6, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Keeping the Beat.

  • 7 Ben Kleiman // Jun 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    When exactly are you putting a beat behind this, Mr. Drummer?
    Need a Mr. Guitar?

  • 8 Brian // Jun 7, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Anytime, Doctor. 😉

  • 9 June King // Jun 7, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Your poetry always picks me up. Thanks again!

  • 10 Deanna Waters // Jul 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Love this piece Brian. All it takes is being human. Both sides need to read this.
    I could stay on Brianland for hours reading your stuff. So creative and profound in wonderful, unexpected ways.

  • 11 John Wight // Jul 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Great read on a Sunday morning!

  • 12 Mary Jo Hicks-Sullivan // Jul 27, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    You are so incredibly amazing Brian. You have words filled with limitless emotion for every aspect of life. Your tireless spirit has quietly kept me going on more than one occasion.
    “All it takes is being human.”

  • 13 Sara Kendrick Thomas // Jul 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    That’s a fun ‘riff-ride’. Love your word play! And of course the message.

  • 14 Cristobal Garcia Espinoza // Jul 31, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    I just read this. It is a great one. I think it is time for other human beings all over the world to save people … and to the hearth love love love and stop this no sense auto-destruction religion. Must be love and not war.

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