US…

Until I work out the kinks in my short story Photo Bomb– I’m posting some of my poetry. I don’t write poetry often, but this is one of my favorites. It was published in a literary journal a few years ago. Enjoy!

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US….

Us? What are we? What s this thing- this thang between you and me?
An alliteration, an illustration of what we are?
What is the pull that draws us together?
A definition of your position in my world?
Us?
Us is?
Us is…music
Everything from smoothed out back beats to
Jazzy ballads
Sexy head bobbin R & B,
And down right dirty blues

Yea, Us is bebop and hip hop
That beat you just can’t get out of your head
The song that makes you jump out of your seat
And shake your ass
(Ooh, That’s My Song!)

Us is…
Al Green (before he found religion)
“Love and Happiness”
“Let’s stay together”
Frankie B and Maze
“Happy feelings,”
“Joy and Pain,”
Al Jarreu and Teddy P
“Close the door,”
“Turn off the light
And Light a Candle”

Us is…
That weird shit that Outkast does
That sticks and your head
And won’t let you go
It stirs you up
With complex strange-ness
It’s Mary J crying to your soul
It’s Sade… “Lover’s rock”
“Diamond Life”
“Cherish the fucking day”

Us is..
Jimi burning his guitar
And Aretha making your skin crawl
With that gospel soul
It’s Patti kickin off her shoes
“Somewhere over the rainbow”
“Where somebody loves you, baby”
“The right kind of lover”

It’s Billie, mellow and cool
Singing about “strange fruit “
And “stormy weather”
It’s Bessie singing about
The broke down blues

Us is…
My girl Etta
“At Last, At Last
I’ve found a dream that
I can sing to
A thrill that
I’ve never known
Then You Smiled”

Us is
Blood sweat tears,
Pain and love
And heartache
But it feels so good
It makes you stand up
And shout like a gospel hymn
And touches you to your soul

Us is…
Lyrical, magical
And wondrous
It’s a gift, a blessing
And sometimes
A Curse

Us is. Blazing
Us is …burning
“Hotter than July”
Like Stevie
I’m overjoyed
“As .the sun goes round the moon”
“All I do.“
You know the rest
Us is… Jazz
Dizzy and Miles and Ella
You even have a little Duke in you, boo
When you play me like a piano
“(Round midnight)”

Hell, us is even Elvis
“Hound dog” and hip swivels

Us is… electric
And mystifying
Hypnotizing and mesmerizing
Us is contagious
Us is harmony
Free flowing
Slow moving,
Ass groovin’
Sweaty, sex funky
A little bit raunchy

US is. life
Us is the earth moon and stars
And all that lay in between
Us is….. unexplainable
Rhythmic
Romantic
Sensual, arousing
Us is … motion
And movement
Us is….climatic throbbing, pulsating
Bass beats
Us is percussion
The snare to the drum
The boom to the bip
Us is ..Fire
Molten and melting’
Dripping and oozing
Us is connected
Spiritual and magnificent
Us is… Love

Us? What are we? What ‘s this thing- this thang between you and me?
Alliteration, an illustration of what we are?
What is the pull that draws us together?
A definition of your position in my world?

You are the melody to my lyric
And our beat goes on and on and on and on…..
Yea,

Us?
Us is Music.

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