Thursday, October 28, 2010

It Ain't Me Babe

Oh, no, no, it ain't me you're looking for.

My name is Zoë and I grew up wanting to be everything.

A marine biologist,

a cartoon artist,

an actress,

an activist,

a unicorn.

Those dreams fizzled as quickly as they were conceived.

The one and only true thing I wanted (and yeah, still want) deep down in my soul was to be a poet.

All of my historical idols have been poets in one form another.

Pound, Cummings, Cohen, Brautigan, Ginsberg, Atwood, Lennon,


Of all the poetry this beautiful world has to offer, Dylan's words have had the greatest impact on my life as an individual.

He's a poet in ways that can't be described.

His lyrical nuance, references to archaic literature, the simplicity, the complexity.

As some may have heard on my blog, I am indeed going as Bob Dylan for Halloween this year.

I feel like I have been waiting lifetimes for this moment.

Here today, is a re-imagining of Dylan.

Not necessarily for modern time.

Not necessarily as a woman.

But a just a little bit looser interpretation.

There's something about Dylan that keeps him in my mind at all times.

Parts of me wonder if he sold his soul to the Devil.

Parts of me wonder if God may actually exist- just based on his words alone.

Parts of me just plain wonder.

Parts of me have been molded by his poetry.

Parts of me have hated him.

All of me loves him.

And none of me would be what who I am if it weren't for him.

Thanks, Bob.

This one's for you, sir.

"I'll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours."
-Bob Dylan, Talkin' World War III Blues


archives said...

holy shit. post ever. i'm kind of speechless.

zoe, this is amazing.

Between Laundry Days said...

Morgan, I love that you're doing a "what I want to be when I grow up" feature. It's lovely.

And Zoe, thanks for being you. And by you I mean Dylan. And by Dylan I mean awesome.

KristiMcMurry said...

well said Zoe. Seeing Bob Dylan live was one of the most memorable experiences of my life...and totally epic.

tomorrowneverknowsfashion said...

Once upon a time you dressed so fine.
That's pretty much all I can say.
Way to be amazing Zoe.

Terri said...

Zoe--you have nailed Bob perfectly! My husband watches "No Direction Home" over and over to the point that he's no doubt memorized the script. My favorite Dylan tune would probably be "Joker Man." The hub's would be "Brownsville Girl."

So does this mean that your guy will be Ginsberg?

Second Skin said...

I am in awe. still. the seventh time I've been here. and I love your poem.

Ashley, Lions Lace Lattes said...

I love this post. I'm really liking your "what I want to be when I grow up" guest posts Morgan! Great idea. :)

Kimberley said...

I love you for that costume and this post. Bob is legend. I still say the last verse of Mr. Tambourine Man was the best thing ever written music-wise in the 20th century.

Alecto said...

she's so amazing.

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