• Poet

iN honor of decembeR, 1964

wheN the wood-winds drip spit… and sweet tears bleed sweat / weT and dirty with grief

/ thE only relief comes when goD breathes in us so completely, so gently we can hardly feel


thE pain

replaceD


A Love Supreme


picturE it

pilloW soft, Sticky Snow / China White Stuff―so Dope / everywherE

during these evenings leading to christmaS evE

santA displays and nativity scenes


outsidE lights line the streets to hide

aN honest reality which lies loudly this Dark night

wherE johN’s coal train smoke and Reindeer Dust clouds his Dark


knighT sky piddles pitchy, three note motifs to color the snow yellow / deeP

drifts blend with mesmerizing blues riffs

aS tragic magic rains like cats and Dog Food

akin to the way king henry the 8th ruled a multitude to their graves,

stilL

John stands / 5 feet 8,

He ain’t six-feet under / Yet / In a yonder wander outside wonder, full box that


Acknowledgement bebops a baile Resolution in Pursuance of Psalm, deific


Scats skag-scatter smack that Key of E / Free

from humans and halos / Free

from heroin’s era heralding new errors


Listen… Let’s / Tune

our eardrums / Cymbals

shimmer as a distant saxophone enters and fades / His withdrawal

Going, going, gong crashes like a pithy epiphany pierces the brain fog to illuminate

light bulbs in the holy spaces of his temple


He trembles / Yet, he is not troubled / A piano tremolos / The treble continues for John / It’s simple

He has to fall

Off

John falls from that white horse

He hard hits sharp gravel


Gratefully grovelling in clean dirt—pleading, praising

Pulling pure power from Earth Wind and Fire

Water forms

Spit drips, tickles a bit then runs down lips / Chapped

Cs accent E-flat Major, Fs and Bs / Flat tears wash away the past


Anguished dissonance

Gradually descending

Down

Chromatic steps up

Improvisation, ELATION-ELEGANCE-EXALTATION


His Saxophone

creating

Good grief


Suddenly,

He Pulls

Himself from himself and prays/A million vibrations in one thought:


A Love Supreme

~Penned by Poet



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