Poet’s Beat ~ Muse & Drudge [why these blues come from us] by Harryette Mullen ~ Song “I Sing Just to Know That I’m Alive” by Nina Simone

Courtesy of The Cleaveland Museum of Art

Courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Art

We don’t need a month of every year to tribute Black History Month, Women’s History Month and so on  I believe we don’t need a reason to celebrate all the multi-cultural elements in American Life.  So in the Spirit of “I am not picking this poem and sound for XYZ month”  I offer you, Muse & Drudge [why these blues come from us] by Harryette Mullen accompanied by Nina’s I Sing Just to Know That I am Alive!  Peace Out!  JBC 8-)

“I Sing Just to Know That I’m Alive” by Nina Simone

Muse & Drudge [why these blues come from us]

by Harryette Mullen

why these blues come from us

threadbare material soils

the original colored

pregnant with heavenly spirit

stop running from the gift

slow down to catch up with it

knots mend the string quilt

of kente stripped when kin split

white covers of black material

dense fabric that obeys its own logic

shadows pieced together tears and all

unfurling sheets of bluish music

burning cloth in a public place

a crime against the state

raised the cost of free expression

smoke rose to offer a blessing

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  1. #1 by Let's CUT the Crap! on February 24, 2014 - 10:59 am

    Zippy and most engaging tune. :-)

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