Gris-Gris, an online journal of literature, culture & the arts

Dylan Again

by Dr. William Miller

He played for dollar bills,
coins, against a
red, stucco wall
in the French Quarter.

He sang “With God
on Our Side,” a song
I loved long before
he was born.

And I was surprised
by how many tourists
stopped to listen,
ask “Who wrote that?”

He didn’t answer,
just played what he
wanted to play,
his own dark song
about America.

It was about Iraq,
the amputees, how
there were more today
since the last ball
fired in ’65.

And it ended with
a Dylan question:
why did this war,
any war, have a name,
when there was only one?