Soul Ramblings

Broken Legacy

Broken Legacy by Greg Powell remembering the song

Broken Legacy

Dedicated to John Coltrane

Do the bruised brass wailing
exclamation scar of history/
suffocating in shadows of projects
spread like southern crosses
burning/ fall futilely
on depressed ears
of spiritually deaf/ Do
harsh sharp horn shouting preachments
sustain chanted sermons to
empty pews/Do anyone
still
listen
to John
Coltrane
laying dead
buried in our Black
blue souls/sax
projected from Black
blue soul crying
raging wailing blues
of our blindness/sound screams
from stressed breath sound tears
like dripping blood seed
sown in sterile soul
raising bitter wildflowers
blooming murder/ Do anybody
hear
vibrating veins vibing
life-blood harmonies of Africa
singing Meditations
contemplating sacred Crescent
liberating unto Ascension to
life-song Impressions of

A Love Supreme

A Love Supreme

A Love Supreme

Do anybody on 79th street
remember the Song that
birthed in avant garde labor
screaming glorious guerilla monsters
out the belly of
the sax/ amid stuttering
screams reaching back
long
long
through weary years
home
i remember
the Song that
sweetly summoned sonic
tidal waves dousing
fear-flames profane
of broken chi south side
burning crosses terrifying dreams
to smoldering steam swept
by praise shouts of
melodious wind gusts
I remember the
Song
commanded feets to dance
atop tables in Harlem clubs
the Song transformed to temples
the Song bade me dance
Black manhood depression
and parasitic fear trampled
into freedom tones and clenched fist rhythms
i remember the Song/soaring
winged Ballads/ sacred Invocations
harmonically jamming Afro-Blue
Expressions of

A Love Supreme

A Love Supreme

A Love Supreme

Do anyone
remember the Song that blew
resuscitating wind waves when we
could not breath/ Song that loosed
the chuck hold grip/ Song that wept
the martyrs’ woe/ Song that
serenaded the nightmare with
life exalted exhalations
positive vibrations for new born nations
brass born and heaven bound
Do anyone remember the Song
sensual flower straining
to bloom/ violent cacophonic
symphony bursting anthems
to our overcoming/ the
deified ritualistic
incantation omnisonic
solar note solo strutting
a fiery eternity

Do anyone
have ears to hear
the Song that scrawls
signature of new life
Do anyone
still
listen
to John
Coltrane

Do anyone
still
remember
the Song