A Poem I Like

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AMIRI BARAKA (1934-2014)

BALLAD AIR & FIRE, for Sylvia or Amina

There is music

sometimes

in lonely

shadows

blue music 

sometimes

purple music

black music

red music

but these are left from crowds

of people

listening and singing

from generation

to generation

**

All the civilizations humans have built

(speed us up we look like ants)

Our whole lives lived in an inch

or two. And those few seconds

that we breathe

**

in that incredible speed

blurs of sight and sound

the wind’s theories

**

So for us to have been together, even

 for this moment

profound like a leaf

blown in the wind

to have been together

and known you, and despite our pain

to have grasped much of what joy exists

accompanied by the ring and peal of your

romantic laughter

**

is what it was about, really. Life.

Loving someone, and struggling.

Amiri Baraka

 

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