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In a Coltrane Kind of Place Today


In a Coltrane Kind of Place Today

Here Where Coltrane Is
Soul and race
are private dominions,
memories and modal
songs, a tenor blossoming,
which would paint suffering
a clear color but is not in
this Victorian house
without oil in zero degree
weather and a forty-mile-an-hour wind;
it is a well knit family;
a love supreme.
Oak leaves pile up on walkway
and steps, catholic as apples
in a special mist of clear white
children who love my children.
I play “Alabama”
on a warped record player
skipping the scratches
on your faces over the fibrous
conical hairs of plastic
under wooden floors.
Dreaming on a train from New York
to Philly, you hand out six
notes which become an anthem
to our memories of you:
oak, birch, maple,
apples, cocoa, rubber.
For this reason Martin is dead;
for this reason Malcolm is dead;
for this reason Coltrane is dead;
in the eyes of my first son are the browns
of these men and their music.

Michael S. Harper

About tenthltr2u (1063 Articles)
A child of the 60's I often feel out of place in the world as it exist today. Too much excess, too much materialism, too few people who genuinely care or give a damn. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

3 Comments on In a Coltrane Kind of Place Today

  1. Where do you get your pictures? Some of them are absolutely beautiful…and you will have to explain to me how to put them on the sight.


  2. Thanks…First I do a image search for whatever I’m interested in at the moment. Then you create a photo album by uploading it to your site.


  3. His music definitely takes you to another place. Great entry. Thanks for stopping by today. 😉


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