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Stars that Shine Darkly

I once sat – watching a blind man wail his saxophone on a street corner
            the lines on his face a roadmap of his journey

I stretched out on the meadow blanket at midnight
            watching the Great Sky Mother dripping her shedding – falling
            Remembering that old street-corner minstrel

He played like Parker, Coltrane and Turrentine
            all rolled up in one giant Hero Sandwich of Cosmic Sound

                                    and I thought

These are the Stars that Shine Darkly.

These artists – who burst into Novae too soon
            whose force came out with too much speed and drained them away

Artists who were handed the flame – handed fame – named King of the Beats
            even though all they wanted was to write a little – Earn a little – Live a little.

Artists who heard the voice of God crying out to them
            during cock-in-hand, spring Meditation

Artists slowly murdering their souls with Junk
            squirted from needles dripped and dipped in blackened spoons


                                                these are the Stars that Shine Darkly

And I think of these things as the blades tickle my arms on the breath of Life
            and Mother drips falling daughters who shine darkly like their terrestrial brothers.
                                    these Stars...

I watched old, blind Gabriel blow his horn for a year straight on his street corner
            then he disappeared –
                                                gone into the Void.

                                                                                                            Ann Arbor, Michigan

                                                                                                            October 2008


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