We’ve got a different CD player now

We’ve got a different CD player now
and so tonight we are here
listening to the two versions
of this song, which is
about divorce.
If it weren’t so hateful, the song
might almost feel like an attempt
to climb out of the undertow
and get a breath of air:
it’s got recognizable situations,
phrases from real life,
the human touch.
But it sticks its head up
above the self-absorbed,
only to draw attention
to the immeasurable depth
of it all. This is
a mean thing to do.

(An untitled blog post about Radiohead’s ‘Morning Bell’. Submitted by Haley Patail)