Passing

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Funerals
Memorials
Viewings
One
Or
Two
Or
More
Per
Week
Ancient
Peers
Pass
Shouting
Whispering
Farewell
Until
We
Meet
Again
Or
Often
Absent
And
Silent
There
Are
No
Memories
Of
Tomorrow
No
Privately
Practiced
Mirrored
Speeches
To
Greet
Belief
Manifest
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Bear…07.29.2015
ⓒBearspawprint2015
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Up Above My Head

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Rhiannon Giddens
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“Up Above My Head” from Rhiannon Giddens’ debut solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, out now on Nonesuch Records
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Rhiannon writes of the Sister Rosetta Tharpe  UP ABOVE MY HEAD:
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“Sister Rosetta Tharpe holds an important role in the evolution of American music; a great innovator, she not only unapologetically bridged the seemingly enormous chasm between secular and church music, she also helped pioneer the unique sound of rock-n-roll guitar. Her infectious spirit, impeccable musicality, and sheer joy in her faith are obvious in every recording and are a source of great inspiration.”Rhiannon Giddens

Dismantling Lives

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Dismantling
Long lives
Of achievement
Invention
Learning
Adventure
What to
Archive
What to
Send
To which
Museum
Who to care
Take family
Archives
How to care
Take dependents
Who to care
Take death
Long deferred
Youthful fun
Extended as
Just reward
Victory
In war long
Past that
Never ends
Vultures
Neglected in
The nest
Circle
Too far away
Habituated
To carrion
Never fully
Fledged
They do
Not care for
Stories
Of absent
Parent’s
Glory
Curved beaks
Grin keep
Me informed
We are all
Too busy
Frail
Weak
Impatient
Fat
Puny
Far away
Committed
Have lives
Bad timing
Can’t
Round and round
Looping
Updrafts
Carry
Informed
Silence
A vulture’s
Loving homage
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Bear…07.20.2015
ⓒBearspawprint2015
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Basement Of The Old Ones

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Below the floor
At the bottom
Of wide stairs
Waiting
Waiting
Endlessly waiting
Rooms of
Outdated texts
Reams of notes
Forgotten lectures
Where lives
Intellect
Old memory
Basement rooms
Rows of rooms
Telescoping
Back into time
Fall out shelter
Laundry
Furnace
Library
Bedrooms
With high windows
Under the ceiling
A single bed
Covered in papers
Magazines
Isolated deep closets
Or hallways to nowhere
Dark with burned out
Lights and fear
Geiger counters
Rolled maps
Of lost continents
Removed mountains
Barricaded caves
Countries overrun
Rearranged
Leaning piles
Of reminders
Framed awards
Amongst dust mites
Old dog fur
Rappelling harness
Helmets
Crampons
Moth eaten coats
Crumbling drapes
Worn boots
Stiff with age
Spiders reign
Behind a bright
White chest freezer
Filled with
Tiny foil wrapped
Packages of left-overs
Contents arranged
Chronologically
From the bottom
Ancient to unknown
Wadded menus of
Geriatric dinners
Waiting
Still waiting
For youth
To arrive again
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Bear…07.20.2015
ⓒBearspawprint2015
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No Wailing Laments

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Wandering in
Another’s life,
Down a path
Not my own,
An aimless servant,
I bid myself adieu.
Nothing is left
To grieve.
There are no
Wailing laments,
No coyotes,
No wolves,
No pumas.
Unseen winds stir
Dust in the west,
Coloring the sunset red.
I rest on a rocky bluff,
High above a blue valley,
Watching
Lights sparkle below.
This view
Has been assigned
A dollar value.
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Bear …07.17.2015
ⓒBearspawprint2015
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