Chairman Mao

Robert Wyatt


Wyatt / Haden

An early photograph
of the young brave with a confident grin
who is celebrating his first defeat
by clutching at hair from his skull
a pig tail

Enter the modern man
like a young brave with a price on his head
Delilah says Samson stick this up yours
the symbol is clear cut from his skull
a long hair

If this missing link
the dreaded locks kept him bound to remain
unable to avoid the sacrifice
the short back and side the closest shave
the pig tail

Remember how it's done
first you must think yet but then you’ve begun
seemingly retreating the coiling spring
is triggered to leave further ahead
the long march.

Illustration : Jean-Michel Marchetti