Share this postTired horses and Bob on the stairspattismith.substack.comCopy linkTwitterFacebookEmailNotesTired horses and Bob on the stairsHappy birthday Bob DylanPatti SmithMay 24, 2023450128ShareShare this postTired horses and Bob on the stairspattismith.substack.comCopy linkTwitterFacebookEmailNotesArticle voiceover1×0:00-3:07Audio playback is not supported on your browser. Please upgrade.Talking with Bob about Rimbaud in New York City 1975 shot by Ken Regan. Patti Smith is a reader-supported publication. To receive new posts and support my work, consider becoming a free or paid subscriber.Subscribe450128ShareShare this postTired horses and Bob on the stairspattismith.substack.comCopy linkTwitterFacebookEmailNotes
My birthday was the 25th, and I so love hearing your misheard lyric sung. It's almost the end of the school year, and I can totally relate to those tired horses. I'm not getting any writing done either! This is my first year as a middle school teacher...I decided after 20 years to stop feeding the educational publishing monster and get into the classroom where I could do some actual good. Elementary school reading and writing was easy to teach, for me. Middle school English for immigrants, it's like standing in front of a firehose trying to get a drink without choking. And I love my kids. But I have to say, I'm pretty well ready to get some writing done.
It was a tough life, to be sure. But it certainly built character. I wanted a life where love and respect and appreciation reigned. So I chose that. My childhood showed me everything I did not wish to be or did not want to perpetuate. So as fragile and shell- shocked as I was, I had something in me that kept me going, that made me pull through even in my darkest times. So I'm grateful that my spark didn't die, but ignited. As a result, I have a great empathy for others. I guess I'm a tree- and people hugger! And I so appreciate others for whom life is challenging. Of course, we all have challenges, but some so much more than others. Luck of the draw? Didn't mean to write a novella! And so glad we all have our love of Patti Smith in common. What a great community she has fostered! Thank you, Robin, for being such a strong and active presence.💗