So different and so new….
It’s not different, nor is it new. Things stop becoming new quickly. We sound like imitations of ourselves. Our words aren’t new. The things we say to each other aren’t new; we’ve said them before to each other; we’ve said them to different people. We forgot we did. Then, it hits us; it’s déjà vu, “Hey, I said this years ago, but not like this.” Let me make it different this time; let me smile as I say it; let me sigh as I say it; let me take it back. There are no take backs, so the words sound insincere. They’re not false, you just forgot. There’s nothing new. What to do?
Sweeter than wine….
There’s no taking anything back, but the mind can go back. That’s a danger, isn’t it– a mind? A body and mind that stores memories like dusty boxes on a shelf? A danger and a pleasure. Let’s open one and see. Let’s reach… Ah, there it is: an everlasting sea, sand too hot to stand on, pricking feet like dozens of heated needles, and the water waiting, expansive and ready, and your arms open, expansive and ready. Half-pink almonds falling one by one, and them being wiped on water-dotted arms. The tang of the seed, the husk, the crunchy salt and the tartness. (Memory can be so faulty, but it’s at that moment it must be shaped– so where were we?) The shade of an almond tree, a vendor selling woven bracelets on the beach, another selling reggae cds, and yet another selling bags of pepper shrimp. Birds calling and waving, vendors calling and waving, the sea, calling and waving. And the sun and the fish and the sand and the almonds and the love and the heat, sweeter than wine.
Softer than the summer night….
Music played and we danced until our clothes clung to us, pasted on with the salt water of sweat. Shirts claiming bodies that wanted only to absorb rhythm. Was it a birthday party? Or a street dance? Or a festival? (The occasion isn’t important; dance is the message.) And the deejay played hit after hit, and each song elicited a cheer, more foot stomping, swaying, hands in the hair, groping for air, for someone there. Sweat dripping down noses, streaming down backs, down fronts.
That music lives in you, your DNA, your blood has bass clefs, and trebles. Oh, to feel that song, to know that song. (At that moment, you feel love, and you think you’re in love, but it’s the beat you love.) Your feet following your mind, your heart following your hips.
Forever til the end of time….
Are you waiting for me? I’ve been so remiss. What happened? I should tell you, my feelings are fickle.
The night was cooler than it should be in spring. Scarves were being thrown around necks, and the neglected heater was turned on. Someone started playing Buju Banton, Beres Hammond, and you know how one feeling, one note leads to another…. Leroy Gibbons. There’re movements inside one that can only be understood by that one, and there’re movements inside one that can only be understood in a particular place, a particular time. If you don’t understand this, it’s not for you to understand.
It took me by surprise.
The missing took me by surprise. The presence and absence, the loss and multiple gains, the sorrow beside the happiness, the desire and lack of desire, the youthfulness and the aging, the hunger and satiety; this time took me by surprise. Well, it didn’t take me by surprise; (remember), it’s not different, nor is it new.
Forever til the end of time….