Academic journal article TriQuarterly

When the Spirit Spray-Paints the Sky

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

When the Spirit Spray-Paints the Sky

Article excerpt

for Moagi, 1994

I/saw you break rivets/of the split personality/of fear.

The work ethic/of the spirit. Some where/in your eye.

Blue collar/lust for/owner ship. Sailing in your veins.

Wanderer.

Blues.

The auction block/of new beginnings. You Bidded paths a head. Where/you collect severance pay/from bondage.

You, old wanderer.

Got lyrics/of history. In cuffs/of your memory. Heritage is/an opening in/your laughter. Where half/your wives reside. Forlorn/moons greet you/with D-natural mornings/on crutches. Where/night has a broken arm/swearing.

I/declare. Silence weaves/your yester days/in to a tortured/load. Covering your head.

I/be dog gone/if your dance ain't a gathering/place Where/you spray paint/the sky.

Say.

I/sell blues/to its walking shoes.

Say.

I/peddle things/the spirit can not/lose.

Say.

I/got a Monday half/price Tuesday/ten cents off. Wednesday/for credit. Thursday/for a pint/of blood.

No need/talk a bout/Friday. Unless/you own a million/blues words.

Say. I/disguise. my tongue's/travels. Pull/out a razor/every time/I cry.

Cut/some body/when I scream. …

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