..... poetry .....



"The Cool Breeze"

It is as if the cool breeze has returned,
All of you are his sails...

He really does like this,
    this gathering, I mean.
With the absence of any exertion
    we're all keeping his instrument in tune,
And whispering the long oo
    of his oud.

He actually welcomed the
    Age of Recordings.
He began to suspect that legend was
    no longer sufficient to pass on
The Great Spirit.

He needed to make sure the
    Disbelievers had no standing.
That the cool breeze could be
    felt by anyone.

written July 8th, 2006 at the memorial for
Master Musician Hamza El Din
(July 9, 1929 - May 22, 2006)



©2010, Michael Smolens