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African Dream


In black core of night, it explodes
Silver thunder, rolling back my brain,
Bursting copper screens, memory worlds
Deep in star-fed beds of time,
Seducing my soul to diamond fires of night.
Faint outline, a ship – momentary fright
Lifted on waves of color,
Sunk in pits of light,
Drummed back through time,
Hummed back through mind,
Drumming, cracking the night.
Strange forest songs, skin sounds
Crashing through  – no longer strange.
Incestuous yellow flowers tearing
Magic from the earth.
Moon-dipped rituals, led
By a scarlet god.
Caressed by ebony maidens
With daylight eyes,
Purple garments,
Noses that twitch,
Singing young girl songs
Of an ancient love
In dark places
Where memories are sealed,
Burned in eyes of tigers.
Suddenly wise, I fight the dream:
Green screams enfold my night.


Bob Kaufman

Suddenly wise, I fight  the dream,
But the dream is my reality,
My sanctuary, my fortress  of solitude,
In a time and place
Where sanity is at a premium and
Humanity passe’
Suddenly wise, I fight the dream,
In dark places
Where memories are sealed,
Yet hope beams triumphant.

What’s up family – forgive my ramblings.  Hope all is well.


About tenthltr2u (1074 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

5 Comments on African Dream

  1. I love B.K., but, he always shows up at a time when my mind is tied up with other things.  His word ventures are so deep that it takes a bit of pondering and deciphering to get a true understanding.  All I need do is see his name and I am instantly taken back to a smoke-filled, dimly lit club.  The spoken words are flying and the audience is enraptured.  That was B.K. for sure.  Thanks for the memory.  BTW, ramble on, bro, ramble on.  Peace.


  2. TruEssence // April 1, 2008 at 12:26 pm // Reply

    I love your beautiful ramblings! 🙂


  3. Tenthltr2u // April 2, 2008 at 12:19 pm // Reply

    Thanks Tru,
    Again as an admirer of both you and wordsmith’s work, it is always an honor when you grace my space.


  4. Tenthltr2u // April 2, 2008 at 12:26 pm // Reply

    Kaufman’s style is as eclectic as past. If you read about him and the various influences on his life you begin to understand why his work takes you in so many different directions.
    Peacemy brother wordsmith,


  5. hmmmmm……interesting……..
    Dreams are great in many ways it inspires us however it cannot, should not be one’s own reality else life will quickly shift on its axis and become off kilter-not a good place for the psyche. Balance is the key and the challenge.


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