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110| The Paul Simon Annotations, or, You Can Call Me Sonnet 110

Ari Friedlander

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Alas! 'tis true, I have gone here and there,
And made my self a motley to the view,

A man walks down the street,
He says, “Why am I soft in the middle now?
Why am I soft in the middle?
The rest of my life is so hard!
I need a photo opportunity.”

Gored mine own thoughts, sold cheap what is most dear,
Made old offences of affections new;

“I want a shot at redemption!
Don't want to end up a cartoon,
In a cartoon graveyard.”

Most true it is, that I have looked on truth
Askance and strangely

Bonedigger, Bonedigger,
Dogs in the moonlight
Far away, my well-lit door

but, by all above,
These blenches gave my heart another youth,
And worse essays proved thee my best of love.

Mr. Beerbelly, Beerbelly
Get these mutts away from me!
You know, I don't find this stuff amusing anymore.

Now all is done, have what shall have no end:
Mine appetite

If you'll be my bodyguard,
I can be your long lost pal!
I can call you Betty,
And Betty, when you call me,
You can call me Al!

I never more will grind
On newer proof, to try an older friend

Who'll be my role-model?
Now that my role-model is
Gone      gone.
He ducked back down the alley,
With some roly-poly, little bat-faced girl.

A god in love, to whom I am confined.

He sees angels in the architecture,
Spinning in infinity,
He says, Amen! and Hallelujah!

Then give me welcome, next my heaven the best,

All along along,
There were incidents and accidents,
There were hints and allegations.

Even to thy pure and most most loving breast.

If you'll be my bodyguard, I can call you Betty.

Ari Friedlander is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dayton. He has published essays in SEL: Studies in English Literature: 1500-1900, Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies, and The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment (forthcoming 2014). His current book project, Promiscuous Generation: Rogue Sexuality and Social Status in Early Modern England, traces the literary figure of the rogue from a criminal to a more normative social register, exploring how rogue sexual liberty acted as a powerful solvent of social boundaries and helped produce early modern England as a profoundly unsettled socio-sexual world.

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