a pipe filled with a black herb.
a series of effects pedals.
a loud amplifier.
a scrappy, crappy electric guitar.
a series of effects pedals reversed from the earlier sequence.
a reduced number of effects pedals. no pedals. no amplifier.
an acoustic guitar.
a change of voice as nothing said or sung before needed to be distinctly heard.
a change of herb.
a pipe isn’t necessary except to loosen vowels when they are too tight.
a pedal moves a bit of air more easily than a puff on a pipe.
a fair guitar smokes itself, amplified or not.
a single chord may do the trick.
a single chord may change a player or the world.
a single chord may change nothing at all.
a single chord may heal or kill or have no effect
except to be satisfied with itself from strum to decay.
a truth that needs telling is that you can’t even do that.
a truth that needs telling is that you will nonetheless keep trying.