Word is out this morning of the death of British singer, songwriter, and actor, David Bowie, who passed away from cancer just two days after his sixty-ninth birthday and the release of his twenty-fourth studio album. The works amassed by Bowie during his lifetime are so numerous as to almost defy listing. He was, and remains, a star of his generation.
The following selection, "Eight Line Poem," was included on Bowie's 1971 album, "Hunky Dory." It's simple but elegant, much like the artist himself.
Eight Line Poem
by David Bowie
The tactful cactus by your window
Surveys the prairie of your room
The mobile spins to its collision
Clara puts her head between her paws
They've opened shops down the West side
Will all the cacti find a home
But the key to the city
Is in the sun that pins
The branches to the sky, oh, oh, oh