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DECEMBER 2011
 


 

Christmas Wood

 
  I cleaned, burnished and mounted
  my first reed when I was young,
  a new world on Christmas morn
  woodwinds and saxes all brightly
  hung, send off to a realm too deep
  and scary for youth to comprehend.

  Commonsense ought to tell you not
  to go, but I didn't have any. Music
  makes its own bold logic, a stir of
  emotion, physically beyond thought.
  Why impose reason on what flows
  from depths of a soul's need for soul.

  Discipline leads you into self torture
  and all the ways there are to do that,
  starting with smoke, drink and dress
  rehearsal for hip self-loathing, to the
  desperate search for membership
  in the universal night club of despair.

  I took my first steps on Christmas
  walking into woodwind revelation
  humming to the vibe of every heart
  that wanted more than the honey
  of every hollow and true as art, the
  ebb and flow of muddy water blue.

  They tried to stop me when I was
  not the cute clarinetist anymore,
  when the uniform changed from
  brass band to rocker, parking my
  axe beneath the first bed that I was 
  invited to, no return from nirvana.

  I'm a happy sax in Christmas wood
  still lost but loving the new haunts
  but like any wood I branched out, art,
  poetry, photos on the web, whatever
  comes over me, finding my way to the
  deepest pleasures a soul could want. 

 

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