Jazz

BORN AGAIN

As Rashid Ali the prophetic 

percussionist put it

“Jazz is my religion” 

and the  world 

is my church

Saints Satchmo 

  Sony Rollins 

Charlie Parker  

Be Bop!  Doo Op!

Divine Duke Ellington  

Dexter Gordan

Dizzy Gillespie  

Be Bop!  Doo Op!

Blessed Count Basie 

John Coltrane

Mystical  Miles Davis

Play for us!

Nature

DECARBONIZED

I sold my gas guzzling classic car

liberating me from polluting mama nature

with fossil fueled greenhouse gasses 

Now I ride the people’s limo 

And travel with humanity

From uptown to downtown

Nature, Reflections

NATURE’S RETREAT

in Montclair Canyon strolling and stumbling

on desiccated stones in the canyon creek 

inhaling the fragrance of blossoming flowers

until I pass under palm fronds into an Ashram

secreted in mystery where I meditate & pray

for Peace & Love as a breeze 

whispers in the trees that my spirit is

free from the world

                                    the flesh

                                                and the ego

Reflections

ATARDECER EN PANAMÁ

Leaning on the railing In Luna’s Castle

at sundown

watching black winged Talingos circle above

and kids of color kicking soccer balls

on cobblestone streets

as shadows spread

across the bay and up la rampa

the curtain falls on another day

in creaky colonial Casco Viejo

where the legacy of slavery is found

on weary faces walking the streets

and smiling faces selling fish in el Mercado