I am losing the stems of words.
When ‘Brick’ comes on
My partner says, you know who sings that?
You’re good at names.
Partly, I say, the band’s name ends in a 5 or a 3.
She can’t think of a 3 but she jumps in
with ‘The Dave Clark Five’?
No, they’re English, I say. This guy, the lead singer
is an American , from Carolina, but he lives here, in Adelaide.
Why would he do that? She asks.
Well, we live here. It’s not a bad place. In spite of the jokes.
So who is it? She asks.
Do you know?
I’ll look it up, I say. Of course, my fingers snap, finding it immediately. Good old Google, The Ben Folds Five.
Never heard of them, she says.
Is this the beginning?
Losing the stems of words.