Plank For A Hat

Plastic bag gloves
Frozen tooth smile
Boots for brakes
And miles 'n' miles

Plank for a hat
A mountain track
Fiftey cents a day
Day after day

Loaded with fuels
Knees sent to buckle
Will of a mule
Fruitless and futureless

Boy with a stick
And as thin as it
Herd of cows
And hours 'n' hours

Tin can drums
Voice that melts
Blind as a bat
Coins in his hat

Cigarette sale
Just that one
Ten cent price
Survival so tight

Mbira man
Comes to share
Spirits that say
AIDS has its way

I pass on by
Looking around
Eyes of a child on a disturbing ride