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Knopfler During Dylan's Madness

1979, the puzzled Scot
in Muscle Shoals,
the ward of a
mad prophet,
his Telecaster Custom
idling in his lap. 

“All these songs are
about God,” he’d muttered 
to Ed Bicknell,
Complaining? Confessing?
Some borrowed fire 

animated the singer.
He wrote of slavery
in Ethiopia, of service
and bones and eternity.
The musicians could not
muzzle the preacher, 

only manage him:
Nashville notation,
tempos, the relief
of mathematics.
The stunned players
began to play.